Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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Apotheosis of a Painter
  • Martin Johann Schmidt
    born: Grafenwörth, Archduchy of Austria (present-day Krems an der Donau, Austria) ; died: Stein, Archduchy of Austria (present-day Austria)
  • Apotheosis of a Painter, 1784
  • Where object was made: Austria
  • pen, chalk, ink, wash
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 30.3 x 19.2 cm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 11 7/8 x 7 1/2 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Museum purchase through The Kansas University Endowment Association
  • Not on display
  • 1958.0111

In the upper left, putti raise aloft an oval portrait of a bewigged man. A female figure holding a maulstick and paint brushes crowns the portrait with a wreath. To the right, an armored female figure with shield and spear strikes down the group of figures in the bottom of the drawing. The figure with paintbrushes is probably a personification of Painting; the owl behind the woman in armor identifies her as Minerva or Athena, and the ass next to one of the figures in the bottom of the drawing is a common attribute identifying it as Ignorance.