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ID number:  BIRBI-91.2
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Metz, Conrad Martin (1749-1827)
Title / Object name:  The Death of the Children of Niobe
Object type:  Drawing
Place made:  Rome
Culture:  German
Date made:  1820
Materials:  Pen and brown ink and wash, heightened with white
Measurements:  Paper 454 x 684 mm; mount 655 x 885 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from P. & D. Colnaghi, December 1991

Metz lived in Rome from 1801 until his death in 1827. This highly-worked presentation drawing treats the slaughter of Niobe’s seven sons and seven daughters by Apollo and Diana, a subject from Ovid (Metamorphoses VI, 204-312), and contains quotations from numerous classical sculptures. It brilliantly exemplifies the international neo-classical style of the time, not previously represented in the Barber collection.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed and dated lower right: C.M.Metz/ Roma 1820

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Metz, Conrad Martin
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