Lithography Portrait of Cardinal Khlesl by Carl Friedrich Irminger


Lithography Portrait of Cardinal Khlesl by Carl Friedrich Irminger.The image is 15 x 11.5 cm in size and in good condition. The leaf has some acid spots. The whole is in a spacious passe partout

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Carl Friedrich Irminger (born November 8, 1813 in Aadorf, March 27, 1863 in Zurich, and Karl Friedrich Irminger, often only Irminger in signatures) was a Swiss draftsman, lithographer and engraver. Carl Friedrich Irminger made numerous portrait drawings, in the form of miniatures, lithographed portraits, watercolors or caricatures of Swiss soldiers. His work has also been published in Zurich’s New Year leaves. But they were also known abroad and were used as a frontispiece. In the 1850s he worked with the painter and photographer Heinrich Schweikert (1830-1914) and led the Irminger & Schweikert Photographic Institute in Zurich with him.

Melchior Cardinal Khlesl, also Klesl and Klesel (born February 19, 1552 in Vienna, † September 18, 1630 in Wiener Neustadt) was bishop of Vienna and chancellor of Emperor Matthias. He was the son of a baker and grew up as a Protestant, the Jesuit Georg Scherer converted him in 1573 to the Catholic faith. He studied theology in Vienna and Ingolstadt.  In 1579 he was ordained a priest and shortly after received the post of cathedral priest of St. Stephen in Vienna. Khlesl was one of the main representatives of the Counter-Reformation. Through his influence, the College of the University consisted only of Catholics and every student had to pass the Catholic Creed. He was also Vicar General of the Bishop of Passau and performed as such purges in the parishes and monasteries of Lower Austria. As Chancellor of the Emperor Matthias, however, he was pragmatically oriented and interested in a settlement with the Protestants at Reich level. In 1588 he was bishop of Wiener Neustadt and 1598 Bishop of Vienna. He was ordained a bishop on March 30, 1614 in Kremsmünster Abbey by the Nuncio in Austria Placido de Marra, Bishop of Melfi. On December 2, 1615 Pope Paul V. promoted Melchior Khlesl in pectore to cardinal, which was made public in the consistory on April 9, 1616. He was assigned as the titular church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, in 1623 he moved to the titular church of San Silvestro in Capite. In order to advance the Counter-Reformation, he promoted the settlement of several orders in Vienna. However, his increasing power was a thorn in the side of many people, so he was arrested on July 20, 1618 on the initiative of the Archdukes Maximilian the German master and Ferdinand, and the Bishop of Brixen, Ferdinand’s brother Charles of Austria and brought to the Tyrol  After staying in Ambras Castle and in the Innsbruck Hofburg, he was transferred in 1619 to St. Georgenberg, which meant a transfer from secular jurisdiction into ecclesiastical custody, which had been initiated by the extraordinary Papal Nuncio Fabrizio Verospi. On October 21, 1622 Khlesl was brought to Rome. In 1627 he was able to resume the episcopate in Vienna. He was buried in St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, but his heart was buried in the cathedral of Wiener Neustadt.


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