Thursday, February 16, 2012

Emperor Franz Joseph

Emperor Franz Joseph I, c. 1915
Ludwig Michalek (1859 - 1942)
Charcoal on canvas
90.8 x 106.2 cm

On display in Palazzo Gopcevich until 1st April 2012 (U.S. Ultima Sigaretta Italo Svevo e il Buon Proposito)

This portrait shows the emperor working at his desk and smoking a Regalia Media, one of his favourite cigars, in a meerschaum cigar holder. The cigar holder meant that the emperor could smoke while he worked since it stopped the smoke getting in his eyes.

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