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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. Printed by Piloty and Loehle, Karlstrasse No 39, Munich.

Made in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, Europe

c. 1842


Image: 16 1/2 × 18 1/2 inches (41.9 × 47 cm) Sheet: 23 7/16 x 33 11/16inches (59.5 x 85.6cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Muriel and Philip Berman Gift, acquired from the John F. Lewis Collection given to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1933 by Mrs. John F. Lewis, with funds contributed by Muriel and Philip Berman, gifts (by exchange) of Lisa Norris Elkins, Bryant W. Langston, Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White, with additional funds contributed by John Howard McFadden, Jr., Thomas Skelton Harrison, and the Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, 1985

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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.