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
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Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum West Pavilion, Gallery W106
The Ruins of the Imperial Palaces in Rome
Carl Rottmann (German, 1797 - 1850)
Graphite and watercolor with touches of white gouache
23.5 x 29.2 cm (9 1/4 x 11 1/2 in.)
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.