Vue du Tombeau de Teron, du Temple de la Concorde et Junon Lucine a GirgenteDediée à Son Excedllence Monsieur le Comte de Rasoumoffsky General Major des Armées de S.M. Imp.le de toutes les Russies [...]
[Published by Georg Hackert, c.1785]
Fine engraving, platemark 330 x 480mm (13 x 19"), very large margins
View in the Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples) near Agrigento, Sicily. The view shows, from left to right, the tomb of Theron, the temple of Concordia, and the Temple of Juno Lacinia. One of the outstanding examples of ancient Greek architecture in Italy, the Valley of the Temples is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Engraved after a painting by Philipp Hackert (1737 - 1807). Born in Prenzlau north of Berlin, Hackert came to Italy in 1768, settling in Rome where he joined a German group of artists also including Anton Raphael Mengs and the art historian Johann Joachim Winckelmann. While this print says that the gouache from which it derives was painted in 1782, it may have derived from sketches made by Hackert on his study tour to Sicily in 1777. In 1786 he settled in Naples as court painter to Ferdinand IV. The print is dedicated to Count Andrey Kirilovich Razumovsky (1752-1836), Russian diplomat at patron of the arts (in 1806 he commissioned three string quartets from Beethoven).
Provenance: Torridon House Lovelace/King Family
[Ref: 39579] £360.00