Landscape with the Castle of Massa di Carrara

Object Details

Title:

Landscape with the Castle of Massa di Carrara

Artist/Maker(s):

Leo von Klenze (German, 1784 - 1864)

Culture:

German

Date:

1827

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

77.2 x 101 cm (30 3/8 x 39 3/4 in.)

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A medieval castle stands on a hilltop overlooking small buildings, ruins, and olive and cypress trees. This work depicts Massa, a town near Genoa on the northwest coast of Italy. The painting is particularly rich in details: the leaves of the trees shimmer, the buildings' edges are precisely delineated, and the plain clothing worn by peasants in the foreground is carefully described. Leo von Klenze, who is primarily known as the chief architect and head of public works in Munich, was also an accomplished painter. Combining his talent for keen observation with an ability to improve upon nature, Klenze amended this vista of the Italian town by altering the castle's architecture, inserting a Roman aqueduct, and changing the location of the olive trees.

Provenance
1827 - 1864

Leo von Klenze, German, 1784 - 1864, by inheritance within the Klenze family, 1864.

1864 -

Klenze Family, by inheritance to Herbert M. von Klenze.

- 1985

Herbert M. von Klenze (Ellenberg, Germany) [sold, Lempertz, Cologne, November 21, 1985, lot 479, to Kurt (or Bruno) Meissner.]

1985 - 1986

Kurt Meissner, born 1909 (Zürich, Switzerland)

1986

Bruno Meissner (Zürich, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986.

Exhibitions
Akademie-Austellungen (1834) (Cat. 361)
Bibliography

"Acquisitions/1986." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 15 (1987), p. 183, no. 46.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 67, ill.