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Franz Pforr (April 5, 1788 – June 16, 1812)

A painter of the German Nazarene movement.
He was born in Frankfurt am Main.  He received his earliest training from his father, the painter Johann Georg Pforr (1745–98), and his uncle, the art professor and first inspector of the painting gallery in Kassel, Johann Heinrich Tischbein the younger (1742–1808).

In the summer of 1808, several students of the Vienna Art Academy gathered together.  Unconvinced by the prevailing school of thought, they searched for their own motifs and forms of expression.  They were influenced by the romantic view of the Middle Ages, developing in poetry at that time.  The young artists held weekly meetings. They assigned tasks for each other and evaluated the results collectively. Soon they called themselves the "Brotherhood of Saint Luke" in reference to the painter's patron saint. On July 10th of the following year, the "Brotherhood of Saint Luke" was formally established. Overbeck designed an etching with their initials, a kind of vignette, that is supposed to mark all work approved by the Brotherhood.
In 1810, Pforr, Overbeck, Vogel and Hottinger settled in Rome in the vacant Franciscan monastery of Sant'Isidoro.  Further students soon joined them to study the ancient Italian work of late medieval Rome.  Their name "Brotherhood of Saint Luke" eventually turned into the "Nazarenes".
Pforr, who had suffered from tuberculosis during his time in Vienna, was barely productive in Rome.  He died in 1812 at the age of 24.

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