Karlheinz ascended to the title of duke in the fledgling Duchy of Innsbruck in the Tyrol region of the Vatican Empire - consisting of Austria-Hungary, Italy and Dacia (Croatia). He fought against the Turks near Vienna but retreated to his mountainous home of Innsbruck when the war effort began to go poorly. He was preparing to defect to the Frenglish client state of Bavaria in hopes of acquiring more land when the Vatican Empire was crushed by Frengland. A secret Catharist, he and his dutch wife Catharijne conspired to kidnap the adopted daughter of the powerful Gonzaga family in Mantua. Karlheinz succeeded but soon began to develop romantic feelings for his captive. He hadn't planned on the wrath of Dolomiti but remained relatively well guarded in his mountainous stronghold.
The artwork is part of the series "La Leggenda di Dolomiti"
ANDREW GILBERT | JARMILA MITRÍKOVÁ & DÁVID DEMJANOVIČ | UMAR RASHID (FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS), The Fate of Empires, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli + Cellar Contemporary, Trento, 2019
ANDREW GILBERT | JARMILA MITRÍKOVÁ & DÁVID DEMJANOVIČ | UMAR RASHID (FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS), The Fate of Empires, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli + Cellar Contemporary, Trento 2019, p. 53
20 x 30
by Davide Raffaelli