Angelika Kauffmann Research Project
Angelika Kauffmann Research Project

Source texts (selection)

In 1829, Angelica Kauffman’s pictorial and literary estate came from Rome into the possession of her heirs in Vorarlberg. It is now found partly in Bregenz in the vorarlberg museum, and partly in a number of archives and private collections. Further documents are to be found in Bregenz, Vorarlberger Landesarchiv, Chur, Staatsarchiv Graubünden, London, British Library, National Archives, R. A. Archive, Los Angeles, Getty Research Institute,  Rom, Archivio di Stato di Roma, Weimar, Goethe- und Schiller-Archiv, Thüringisches Hauptstaatsarchiv, Wien, HHStA, Österr. National Bibliothek and elsewhere  

The AKRP has at its disposal comprehensive documentation of these and other archives by and about Angelica Kauffman. The material includes academy diplomas, the marriage contract, price lists, letters from, to and about the artist, the marriage certificate, wills, etc.

A selection of these writings and documents are presently being catalogued by Gabriele Ewenz in collaboration with Bettina Baumgärtel, transcribed into legible text, and annotated. The publication of the source corpus is forthcoming.

 
Abb. 90 Giuseppe Carlo Zu­c­chi: Memorie istoriche Maria Angelica Kauffman-Zucchi, Venezia 1787, Hs, Bregenz, vorarlberg msueum, Archiv VLM ©

Giuseppe Carlo Zucchi: Memorie istoriche Maria Angelica Kauffman-Zucchi, Venezia 1787 (beendet Juli 1788); ders., Bd. 1, Rom 1788 u. Bd. 2, Rom 1790 (Handschrift im Archiv Vorarlberger Landesmuseum Bregenz).

This is the first biography written during the artist’s lifetime; it differs in part from G. G de Rossi of 1810/11. It was first assessed in 1998 in the catalogue accompanying the Angelica Kauffman retrospective; in 1999 it was published by H. Swozilek.

 

 

„Memorie delle piture fatte d´Angelica Kauffman [...]“ (Handschrift im Archiv der Royal Academy London).

A list of paintings drawn up by Antonio Zucchi between December 1781 andn 1798, supplemented by the artist herself. According to the present state of research, the English translation by Donna Stella Vintelleschi “Memorandum of Paintings” (in Manners & Williamson 1924) is considerably in need of correcdtion. Carlo Knight submitted the Italian transcription, published by the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca in Rome in 1998. On this subject, see Wendy W. Roworth: “Angelica Kauffman´s ‘Memorandum of Paintings’”, in: Burlington Magazine, 126, 1984, pp. 629-30.

 
Abb. 16 Ehevertrag Kauff­mann-Zucchi, 10. Juli 1781, Detail ©

The first objective interpretation of the sources on the artist’s two marriages by:

Peter Leisching: Von böser und von guter Ehe. Die beiden Heiraten der Angelika Kauffmann, in: Jahrbuch d. Vorarlberger Landesmuseumsvereins, Bregenz 1991, S. 373-378

 

Famous contemporaries mentioned Angelica Kauffman in letters, diaries, travel accounts and memoirs, among others Anna Amalia von Sachsen-Weimar, Katharina P. Bariatinskaja, geb. Holstein-Beck, Fanny Burney, Friederike Brun, Joseph Farington, Heinrich Füssli, Joahnn Gerning, Salomon Gessner, Luise E. von Göchhausen, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Johann Gottfried Herder und Caroline Herder, George Keate, Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, August von Kotzebue, Louise Fürstin von Anhalt-Dessau, Friedrich von Matthisson, Johann Heinrich Meyer, Friedrich Müller, gen. Maler Müller, Elisabeth von der Recke, Friedrich Leopold Graf zu Stolberg-Stolberg, Luise Gräfin zu Stolberg-Stolberg, Heinrich Peter Helferich Sturz, Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, Horace Walpole, Jean Gaspard Weiss, Johann Joachim Winckelmann and many others.

 

An overview primarily of the Weimar circle and the literary figures of her time is provided by:

Eugen Thurnher: Angelika Kauffmann und die deutsche Dichtung (Vorarlberger Schrifttum, Bd. 10), Bregenz o. J. (1966); see for letters Kauffmann to Goethe Regestausgabe der Briefe Kauffmann an Goethe

 

An extensive selection of letters from Angelica Kauffman is found in:

Angelica Kauffmann: „mir träumte vor ein paar Nächten, ich hätte Briefe von Ihnen empfangen“. Gesammelte Briefe in den Originalsprachen, hrsg. u. kommentiert v. Waltraut Maierhofer, Konstanz 2001

 

A selection of documents and letters was also published and annotated in:

„Angelika Kauffmann. In Liebe ans Vaterland“, bearb. v. Magdalena Häusle, mit Beiträgen v. Waltraud Maierhofer u. Kirsten Kumpf, Förderverein „Freunde Angelika Kauffmann Museum Schwarzenberg“ (Hg.), Angelika Kauffmann Museum Schwarzenberg, Hohenems 2008

 

Angelika Kauffmann Wahlverwandte, mit Beiträgen v. Alois Niederstätter, Petra Zudrell u. a., Bd. II der Ausstellungstrilogie „Der Traum vom Glück“, Förderverein ‚Freunde Angelika Kauffmann Museum Schwarzenberg’ (Hg.), Hohenems 2010

 

Ingrid Sattel-Bernardini: Das Bildnis Ludwigs I. von Bayern. Die Entstehungsgeschichte nach Briefen des Friedrich Müller, genannt Maler Müller, in: Ausst. Kat. Düsseldorf 1998, S. 91-97, 435