Emanuel von Baeyer

Abgarkopf. 1984

Georg Baselitz
1938 Deutschbaselitz, active at Ammersee

Graphite on paper. Size of sheet: 48.8 x 32.3 cm. Signed and dated.

PROVENANCE: Michael Werner Gallery, Cologne and New York; Marlborough Gallery, New York; Private collection, UK.

This drawing relates to a small group of paintings and drawings of the same year titled Abgarkopf.

Abgar V the Black (also known as Abgarus V of Edessa) was a Syriae king who ruled from 4Bc to 7 AD and then from 13 to 50 AD. He is thought to have been the first king to convert to Christianity.