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Ariovistus' meeting with Caesar

Ariovists Unterredung mit Caesar

Artist: Johann Michael Mettenleiter (1765 - 1853)
Artist: Alois Senefelder (1771 - 1834) Printer
Date: 1808
19th century
Dimensions: 13.19 x 10.12 in. (33.5 x 25.7 cm)
Dimensions Extent: image
Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Europe, Germany
Medium and Support: Lithograph on paper
Credit Line: Gift of James Reed, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.35.901
Not on view.


The inscription on the lower right of this early lithograph indicates that it was made at a competing lithographic press in Senefelder’s home city of Munich, indicating that he did not maintain a monopoly on the new technology for long. The print’s subject is the encounter between Julius Caesar and the Gallic chieftain Ariovistus, which was related in the first book of Caesar’s Gallic Wars. Mettenleiter likely chose the subject for its potential popularity with a German audience.



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