Johann Koenig ( 1586 - 1642 )
oil on copper,
signed lower right,
with fine antique 17th century frame in Indian ebony
Our recently discovered St. George has to be considered one of König’s triumphs. The monumental composition and the overall finesse of the copper plate create a striking image and a retelling of an ancient myth that would have flattered and enthralled the most sophisticated patron. In acknowledging the Counter-Reformation’s cult for powerful imagery of the lives of the Saints and the Virgin Mary, König’s St. George must have rivalled any other copper painting at the time. A film of paint has isolated the copper surface from the air and so, miraculously, nothing has altered the brilliance of colour in four hundred years.