Germania and Italia
Germania et Italia
From the portfolio Königlich Bayerische Pinakothek zu München und Gemälde Gallerie zu Schleissheim (Munich: Piloty und Loehle 1837 42)
(Royal Bavarian Pinakothek in Munich and Painting Gallery at Schleissheim)
GRP no. 217
Ferdinand Piloty, German, 1786 - 1844. After a painting of 1815-28 by Johann Friedrich Overbeck, German, 1789 - 1869. Published by Piloty & Loehle, Munich.
In 1828, Friedrich Overbeck painted a friendship allegory—a project he had set aside after his friend and fellow artist Franz Pforr’s death at the age of twenty-four in 1812. Overbeck's print symbolizes the artistic ideals of the two friends, specifically the espousal of early-Renaissance Italian and German art in the form of a pair of dark- and fair-haired maidens holding hands, with a view of the Roman countryside to represent Raphael behind Italia and the skyline of Dürer’s Nuremberg behind Germania.