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Ariovistus' meeting with Caesar

Ariovists Unterredung mit Caesar
Artist: Johann Michael Mettenleiter (1765 - 1853)
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 M. Reed, 2017.
Accession Number: 2017.35.901
This work is not currently on view

Beneath the image, the artist is identified at left (J. M. Mettenleiter inv[enit] et del[ineavit] 1808) and the printer's location at right (In der Lithograph[isch] Anhalten in München). This is a very early example of lithographic printmaking. 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.


Fairfield University Art Museum, Fairfield, Connecticut, The Artist Collects: Highlights from the James Reed Print Collection, March 14-June 8, 2019


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nineteenth century
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