Attributed to Langermaier, German, late 18th – early 19th century, Portrait of King Ludwig I of Bavaria in Coronation Regalia (after Joseph Karl Stieler), c. 1826, Oil on canvas, Gift of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, Saint Vincent Archabbey Collection
Modeled after a portion of King Ludwig’s full-length Neoclassical portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, this work was executed by a lesser-known Bavarian court painter. Upon Boniface Wimmer’s return from Rome in 1856, he wrote to King Ludwig expressing gratitude for the King’s intercession to Pope Pius XI who had recently named Saint Vincent an abbey, and Boniface, as its first abbot. He recounts to the King the community’s excitement and a deep devotion maintained for the sovereign:
A Langermaier Portrait, showing Your Majesty in Your royal splendor, which I had brought with me from Munich and which unrolled in the refectory for this occasion in the presence of all my confreres, most of whom are Bavarians, heightened the general excitement. Even the lay people who came, wishing to witness our joy, were very much impressed and happy.
- Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B.