The Ruins of the Imperial Palaces in Rome

Object Details

Title:

The Ruins of the Imperial Palaces in Rome

Artist/Maker(s):

Carl Rottmann (German, 1797 - 1850)

Culture:

German

Place(s):

Germany (Place created)

Date:

about 1831

Medium:

Graphite and watercolor with touches of white gouache

Dimensions:

23.5 x 29.2 cm (9 1/4 x 11 1/2 in.)

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This vibrant sheet is preparatory for a fresco of the same subject that Rottmann executed for King Ludwig I of Bavaria (1786 - 1868) as part of a cycle of twenty-eight wall paintings of famous Italian views. These decorated an arcade at Munich's Hofgarten (Garden Court), where they were meant to evoke a journey through Italy. As often with Rottmann's watercolors, a significant part of the image remains unfinished, which reveals his pencil underdrawing technique.

Exhibitions
Spirit of an Age: Drawings from the Germanic World, 1770-1900 (March 29 to June 19, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 29 to June 19, 2011