Tarquin and Lucretia
11.43 cm x 20.32 cm (4 1/2 in. x 8 in.)
Franz Sigrist, the elder
(Alt Breisach (Germany), 1727 - 1803, Vienna)
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Suida-Manning Collection, 2017
Trained in the Viennese academy, Sigrist was active at Augsburg before retuning to the Austrian capital in service to the imperial family. While few of his conventional drawings have been identified, such monochrome oil sketches were frequent in his work. Here, the figures’ more robust construction and the composition’s more regulated movement––signs of an emerging classicism––correspond to Sigrist’s later Viennese activity. Rendered on a scrap of canvas, it was probably preparatory for a large easel picture.