Leo X = Giovanni of Medici ,
2nd Son of Lorenzo the Magnificent
Kokoschka, Oskar (Pöchlarn 1886 – Villeneuve/Montreux 1980). Pope Leo X (Giovanni de Medici) after Raffael. Half-length portrait, sitting. Lithograph. (1972.) Signed in pencil: OKokoschka. 12⅝ × 9¼ in (32 × 23.5 cm).
Wingler-Welz 472. – No. IL/LXXV (numbered IL/175) copies of the special impressions on Japanese laid paper printed in brown. The 100 further copies numbered in Arabic printed in blue on ordinary laid paper. These numbers given for the German and English market.
“ Kokoschka is fascinated … by the faces of the great popes who undertook the decisive steps to renew christian art by the art of the ancient age. In his economical drawings after Raffael’s portraits of popes Julius II and Leo X, more notes than striving for detailness, Kokoschka translates their posture and physiognomy into his own language. Both the popes, that the sketches reveal, would have been suitable models for him ”
After plate 13 of the sketch-book D of 1956-57 depicting the father of the “prime time of the Italian arts and sciences”. His age became known as the Leonidian one:
“ He made himself famous for all times by furthering the arts and through
creation of the most brilliant buildings ”
(Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., X, 691). By which he, second-born to Lorenzo the Magnificent,
“ renewed the extinct greatness of his house ”
(Gerrit Walther in the FAZ of June 6, 2003).
That the letters of indulgence he sold especially for the completion of St. Peter’s were the first visible cause for the reformation outlines his person’s complexity.
Offer no. 14,125 / EUR 1176. / export price EUR 1117. (c. US$ 1350.) + shipping
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(Mr. J. R. L., January 6, 2006)