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View of the Residence of Archduke Johann in Gastein Hot Springs

Thomas Enderabout 1829–1832

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Painter to Archduke Johann (1782 - 1859)--brother of the Austrian emperor--Thomas Ender was commissioned to execute watercolors of the spectacular topography of the Austrian Alps. In this view of a mountain resort near Salzburg, the artist demonstrated a command of spatial expanse combined with effects of meticulous diminution. He delicately rendered the sublime geological elements of the Alpine landscape.

With radiant images such as this one, Ender played a significant role in creating a sense of Austrian cultural identity in the decades following the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806.

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