Johann Baptist Enderle
Ulm 17251798 Donauwrth
Saint John the Baptist

PROVENANCE: Private collection, New York.

Inscribed in pen and brown ink Bergmuller, lower right corner, inscribed on the verso, Dem Herrn Albani/ zum freundschaftlichen Angedenken von/ Paul jakob Laminick/ Augsburg den 16 September 1819., pen and brown ink, heightened with white on paper prepared with a blue wash, pen and brown ink outlines, arched top

170 x 80 mm. (6 x 3 in.)

Enderle probably was trained by a painter from Sflingen and he finished his traineeship under his uncle Anton Enderle (1700-1761) in Gnzburg. His painting style indicates a later stay in Augsburg as well. In 1750 he worked together with F.M. Kuen (1719-1771) in Mindelzell. 1755 he married and got his master certificate in Donauwrth. From here he started a prolific period of work as a painter of frescoes and altar pictures in Bavaria, Swabia, Mainz and its surroundings.

Our drawing is stylistically comparable to two drawings by Enderle in the Metropolitan Museum of The Virgin and Saints Interceding before Christ for the Souls of the Lost, and Design for a ceiling fresco with scenes from the life of Saint Barbara.1

1.Metropolitan Museum, New York, accession number: 2010.288 and 2013.224