Allegory of Friendship
Plate 2 from the album Compositionen und Handzeichnungen aus dem Nachlasse von Franz Pforr, published for the members of the Art Union in Frankfurt am Main in 1834
Plate 2 from the album Compositions and Drawings from Estate of Franz Pforr, Volume 2
Published for members of the Art Union in Frankfurt am Main in 1834
Louis Josef Kramp, German, 1804 - 1871. After a drawing of 1808 by Franz Pforr, German, 1788 - 1812. Published by the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main.
This lithograph reproduces a drawing by Franz Pforr symbolizing his friendship with fellow artist Friedrich Overbeck. Pforr’s allegory expresses the young artists’ aspirations to infuse their art with the simple religious piety they found so inspiring in the works of Raphael and Albrecht Dürer. Pforr visualized the relationship as the intimate friendship between his and Overbeck’s spiritual dream brides: two women from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, the dark-haired Shulamit representing Raphael, who was Pforr’s favorite artist, and the blonde Virgin Mary representing Dürer, who was Overbeck’s. Furthering the allegory, the window opens onto a side-by-side view of an Italian Romanesque church and a German Gothic spire.