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Julie Mihes

1786–1855

Mihes traveled to Dresden in 1816 where she continued her training by copying paintings by old masters such as Titian and Annibale Carracci, which hung in the royal collections. She also began painting portraits of the local aristocracy. After the death of her mother in 1820, Mihes went to Vienna where she experimented with lithography, most notably copying Albrect Dürer’s altarpiece, The Adoration of the Holy Trinity.

In 1822, Mihes married Alois Primisser, an antiquarian and curator of the Habsburg collection in the Castle of Ambras. Upon his death in July 1827, and her father’s in October of the same year, Mihes and her sister Sophie joined The Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary (also known as the Salesian Sisters). Mihes took the name Marie de Chantal, eventually becoming the order’s Mother Superior from 1843 to 1849. Although she largely gave up painting after 1827, Mihes did instruct novices in the art of manuscript illumination and used her artistic talent to decorate the convent. She died in 1855 at the age of 68.

Artist Details

  • Name

    Julie Mihes
  • Birth

    Breslau, Prussia (now Wroclaw, Poland), 1786
  • Death

    Vienna, 1855
  • Phonetic Spelling

    YOO-lee MEE-hez

Works by Julie Mihes

Madonna and Child

Many of Julie Mihes’s paintings, like this one of the Virgin Mary and infant Jesus, reflect the style of a group of early 19th-century Viennese artists known as the Brotherhood of St. Luke. Also called the Nazarenes, these artists took vows of poverty and chastity and sought to capture what they viewed as the spiritual purity of early Renaissance art....

Painting of the Virgin Mary and an infant Jesus, both light-haired and light skinned. Held by Mary, Jesus stands on the hem of her blue robe, raising his right hand as they both gaze at the viewer. Behind, a daylight landscape with mountains, palm trees and a body of water.