King Max I Joseph of Bavaria and his family in Kreuth
The family portrait was painted as a model for one of the monumental murals which once adorned the old Bayerisches Nationalmuseum on Maximilianstrasse. Today the building houses the Museum Fünf Kontinente. The historicist cycle of 143 murals depicted the most important events in the history of Bavaria and the House of Wittelsbach. Like most of them, the fresco painting after this particularly high-quality model no longer exists. The foundation of the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum dates back to the middle of the 19th century on the personal initiative of Max I's grandson, King Maximilian II Joseph. The newly erected building of the museum was inaugurated in 1867.