The Aqueducts at Caserta

Carl Ludwig Hackert (German, 1751-1798)1789

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Such highly finished drawings by Hackert, younger brother of Jakob Philipp Hackert (who painted <em>Waterfall of Marmore at Terni</em>), are extremely rare. The Hackert brothers were among the first Romantic artists to adopt the practice of drawing and painting en plein air in Rome. Italians were amazed when they saw the artists roaming the countryside with large portfolios, executing finished outline drawings entirely from nature. This drawing accurately represents an aqueduct built in the middle of the 18th century in southern Italy. The degree of finish, meticulous detail of the vegetation and rocks in the foreground, recession of space, and subtle treatment of light are astonishing.

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  • Title: The Aqueducts at Caserta
  • Creator: Carl Ludwig Hackert (German, 1751-1798)
  • Date Created: 1789
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 42.3 x 64.1 cm (16 5/8 x 25 1/4 in.)
  • Provenance: Venator, a small auction house in Cologne in the 1960s; German private collection; C. G. Boerner, New York
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2011.116
  • Medium: gouache with graphite underdrawing
  • Inscriptions: lower center, in gray watercolor: "Les Aqueducs de Caserta peint d'apres Nature par Carl Hakert 1789"
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: Germany, 18th century
  • Credit Line: Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund, acquired in honor of Alfred M. Rankin, Jr. in recognition of his service as President of the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Museum of Art (2006-2011)
  • Collection: DR - German
  • Accession Number: 2011.116

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