Josef Ignaz Mildorfer - Apollo und Melpomene

auction 401, Lot 375

SUMMERAUCTIONS on 23 June 2021

Josef Ignaz Mildorfer

Apollo und Melpomene

€ 8.000 to € 10.000


€ 15.240 (incl. 27 % buyer's premium)


Josef Ignaz Mildorfer

1719 Innsbruck - 1775 Vienna


Apollo and Melpomene



Oil on canvas. 49.5 x 64.5 cm. Relined. Restored. Minor damage. Framed.


Elisabeth Leube-Payer assumes a connection between the origin of this very advanced bozzetto in the sense of a glorification of the arts and the world of theatre, acting and theatre construction in general. Josef Ignaz Mildorfer, for example, was involved in similar commissions for Esterházy Castle in Fertöd (Hungary) and the Hofburg and Kärntnertor Theaters in Vienna.


At the beginning of his career Josef Ignaz Mildorfer was clearly influenced by the paintings of Paul Troger. During his career, his paintings show a development from pathetic, colour-intensive works of the early period, through sensitive illustrations of moderate colours, to more strictly interpreted works of the late period. As a professor at the academy of arts in Vienna (1751-1759) Mildorfer influenced many students. Among them were Johann Baptist Wenzel Bergl, Franz Sigrist and - most important - Franz Anton Maulbertsch.


A former existing expertise by Prof. Dr. Bruno Bushart on this painting doesnt exist anymore.



Provenance: Galerie Neuse, Bremen (1985). - Collection Reiner Winkler, Wiesbaden.


We thank Dr. Elisabeth Leube-Payer, Vienna / Stanford, who confirmed J. I. Mildorfers authorship on the basis of photographs.