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View of the Residence of Archduke Johann in Gastein Hot Springs

Thomas Ender (Austrian, 1793 - 1875)about 1829 - 1832

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

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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