Date: Boppard circa 1908
Artist: Franz Brantzky (Cognomen: Gallus)
Size : circa 9 1/2 by 5 1/4 inches
Media : Crayon on Paper
This beautiful Charcoal Painting by the famous Painter, Sculptor and Architect Franz Brantzky shows the stunning Electorial Castle (Kurfürstliche Burg) Boppard in Germany. It has the location on it, but was not signed by Brantzky. The drawing would look even more beautiful when framed in a simple frame.
The Electorial Castle in Boppard is one of a few castles along the Middle Rhine which has never been destroyed. Built by King Richard of Cornwall in 1256 it has been pledged to the electoral and archbishop of Trier, Balduin of Luxemburg, in 1312. It is a lower castle directly on the Rhine shore and its main purpose was to secure the Rhine tolls. Because of that it was extended to a stronghold and toll castle.
Only some buildings in Boppard are as tied to the city`s history as the electoral castle. In the 15th century Boppard`s citizens did storm the castle in the “War of Boppard” when they were revolting against the electoral-trierian reign. During the French Revolution it served as a hospital. At the beginning of the 19th century it was without further ado used as a prison. In the middle of the 20th century the Electorial Castle of Boppard accommodated a police station in the west wing. Nowadays it houses the local museum.
More about the artist:
Franz Brantzky is best known for his sketches and drawings during his travels and even published a book about them (Reiseskizzen). He was born on January 19th 1871 in Cologne (Germany). He won several golden medals at the international art exhibits in Munich and Düsseldorf. He was also a famous architect. He designed the Eastasia Museum in Cologne, the Rome-fountian in Cologne, serveral Churches, the Möhne Dam and many more buildings.
Condition: Good condition with nice color and light tanning giving it a vintage look. Please see pictures.
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