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1870 Watercolour of Barabbas from Oberammergau Passion Play
  • 1870 Watercolour of Barabbas from Oberammergau Passion Play
  • 1870 Watercolour of Barabbas from Oberammergau Passion Play
  • 1870 Watercolour of Barabbas from Oberammergau Passion Play
  • 1870 Watercolour of Barabbas from Oberammergau Passion Play
  • 1870 Watercolour of Barabbas from Oberammergau Passion Play

1870 Watercolour of Barabbas from Oberammergau Passion Play

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A very interesting and well executed watercolour portrait of ‘Barabbas’ from the Oberammergau Passion Play, in Germany (Oberammergauer Passionsspiele).

The part was played by Johann Allinger, and is dated 1870. The painting is by the English female artist Charlotte Henrietta Campbell. It shows a side view of a stern looking bearded man, in brown robes. The beard is turning white with age, with the hair still dark. Underneath the picture is written: ‘Barabas – Johann Allinger – Oberammergau 1870. To the right of this is the artist’s signature C.H.C. and the date April 4 1873. The painting has been period mounted, framed and glazed. Condition is good. We have not been able to find anything relating to Charlotte H. Campbell.

The Oberammergau Passion Play is a theatre piece that has been performed every 10 years since 1634 by the inhabitants of the village of Oberammergau, in Bavaria. Since its first production it has been performed on open-air stages in the village, covering the short final period of Jesus Christ’s life from his visit to Jerusalem and leading to his execution by crucifixion. The text of the play is a composite of four distinct manuscripts dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. In the 1870 production, the characters from the Oberammergau Passion Play were played by Tobias Flunger as Pontius Pilate, Johann Zwink as St. John, Johann Diemer as the Leader of the Chorus, Johann Lang as Caiaphas, Franziska Flunger as St. Mary, Anton Heiserer as a Jewish rabbi, Johann Allinger as Barabbas, and Jacob Hett as St. Peter.

The origin of the play is that, according to legend, an outbreak of bubonic plague devastated Bavaria during the Thirty Years' War (1618–1648). Over the next 33 days, 81 villagers of Oberammergau died (half the population). The villagers vowed that if God spared them from the plague, they would perform a play every 10 years depicting the life and death of Jesus. As nobody died of plague after that vow, and the villagers kept their word to God by performing the passion play for the first time in 1634. It is still being performed, but has been altered as it was antisemitic.

Size image: 16.5 x 24 cm
Size frame: 26.5 x 34.5 x 1.25 cm (10 ½ x 13 5/8 x ½ inches)
Weight: 674 g

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