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The Large Italian Landscape

A work made of etching on ivory chine and buff wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on ivory chine and buff wove paper.

Date:

1841

Artist:

Johann Wilhelm Schirmer
German, 1807-1863

About this artwork

Although originally from Germany, Johann Wilhelm Schirmer traveled to Italy, where he found solace in the countryside. The artist preferred to work en plein air, as did many of his predecessors, including Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin. Later in life, Schirmer became the director of the academy in Karlsruhe (1854–63) and donated many of his plein air works to the school as study materials. His paintings were known for their beautiful and recognizable vegetation, which also permeates his etchings. In The Large Italian Landscape, two wanderers on horseback enjoy an afternoon outing, framed by a lush forest and meandering stream. Landscapes became increasingly popular in 19th-century Europe, offering an escape for city dwellers and Romantics alike.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Johann Wilhelm Schirmer

Title

The Large Italian Landscape

Place

Germany (Artist's nationality)

Date

Made 1841

Medium

Etching on ivory chine and buff wove paper

Dimensions

Image: 31.8 × 43.2 cm (12 9/16 × 17 1/16 in.); Chine: 41.5 × 51 cm (16 3/8 × 20 1/8 in.); Plate: 42.7 × 52 cm (16 13/16 × 20 1/2 in.); Sheet: 45.6 × 55.6 cm (18 × 21 15/16 in.)

Credit Line

Stanley Field Endowment and Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1995.36.1

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