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university of birmingham

Conrad Martin Metz (1749-1827)

The Death of the Children of Niobe

Rome, 1820

Pen and brown ink and wash, heightened with white

454 x 684 mm


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.

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

Purchased 1991 (No. 91.2)

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