Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria
Louis Jacoby (German, 1828 – 1918)
DimensionsImage : 24 1/2 x 16 1/4 in. (62.23 x 41.28 cm)
Sheet : 33 x 24 in. (83.82 x 60.96 cm)
Credit LineBequest of Paul Fried
LabelThis print and its pair (2006.1.13) were copied after oil paintings by the German artist Franz Xavier Winterhalter (1805-1873). The engravings were created by Louis Jacoby, Professor of Engraving at the Vienna Academy of Art, in 1865 for distribution throughout the Austro-Hungarian empire. The image of Emperor Franz Joseph I (1830-1916) shows him wearing a relatively simple military uniform that belies his status as one of the most powerful European monarchs of the late 19th century. By contrast, Franz Joseph's wife Empress Elisabeth (1837-1898) is depicted wearing a sumptuous white satin gown that is covered with thousands of pearls, jewels and silver foil stars. The empress's hair is also elaborately coiffed and studded with silver and diamond ornaments that further highlight her legendary beauty.