In villa Mecenate a Tivoli
Etching, platemark: 375 x 285mm (14¾ x 11¼"). Small margins; damage to edges of bottom corners. Slight crease not visible from front.
Waterfall inside the domed ruins of the Villa of Maecenas in Tivoli, with (in the foreground) an artist sketching the scene and a hunter watching him. Plate from 'Mahlerisch-radirte Prospecte von Italien' by Johann Christian Reinhart (1761 - 1847). Reinhart, a lifelong friend of the poet Friedrich Schiller, travelled to Rome in 1789 on a pension from his patron, the Duke of Sachsen-Meiningen, and was based there for the rest of his life. His friends in Rome included the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen. In the 1790s his main source of income was through drawings and etchings such as this, published by Frauenholz in Munich and inspired by the work of Claude Lorrain and Gaspar Dughet, before he received recognition as a painter after 1800.
See Griffiths and Carey, 'German Printmaking in the Age of Goethe', pp.142-50; for another in the series see ref. 39506
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