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Minerva as the Patron of Arts Johann Nepomuk Platzer

Artist

Johann Nepomuk Platzer Prague 1745 – after 1780

Date 1772
Object type relief
Medium, technique lead
Dimensions

55 × 80 × 6 cm, 45 kg
with frame: 74 × 100 × 6 cm

Inventory number 3387
Collection Sculpture
On view This artwork is not on display

Born in Prague, Johann Nepomuk Platzer studied in Vienna and later worked in the city. The records of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, show that he requested membership of the academy in 1772, whereby the relief now housed in Budapest was his submitted work. The relief gives insight into a contemporary anatomy lesson: the students are drawing a nude model. In the foreground we see Minerva, patron of the arts, while in the background there is the view of Vienna.

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