Carl Spitzweg - In front of the monastery hermitage

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Artwork: Carl Spitzweg - In front of the monastery hermitage
Size: 25.3 x 17.2 cm
Medium: Oil on paper on panel.
Marks: Inscribed with S in the rhombus lower left.
Category: Paintings
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Provenance: Weinmüller, München, Auction 121, 18-19 June 1969, catalogue number 1020 (with plate 67); Private owner, South Germany

Neumeister Munich

Date: 2020-12-03
Lot Number: 628
Notes: Cradling. Restored, minor damage. Framed; Carl Spitzweg obviously describes a scene in South Tyrol: A mendicant monk is waiting for his brother, who - together with a mule - heavily packed approach the dwelling. This is a so-called Terminhaus, a building (sometimes just a room) maintained by mendicant orders in which a brother could stay while he was collecting alms outside the monastery. Thus, the approaching confrere is probably to be understood as the one who increases the food supply of the temporary hermit.