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View of the town of Olevano (Rome Province, Italy) with Rainbow

Joseph Anton Kochc. 1823/1835 - 1825

Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Berlin, Germany

For almost the entire span of the several decades he lived in Rome, Joseph Anton Koch devoted his work to the theme of Olevano, a picturesque town in the mountains whose artistic potential he was the first to recognize upon visiting in 1804. It was during the latter stage of developing the theme that he set about creating this painting, adopting an elevated vantage point that allows the subject to emerge with stylized vividness and clarity. Koch had previously made studies of nature from the same location, a residence known as the Casa Baldi favoured by visiting German artists, successfully incorporating his various impressions into a single composition. The groups of figures in the foreground, the trees to the side of the picture, the rainbow spanning the entire scene (in conjunction with the composition of the clouds) all contribute to the aesthetic quality and overall emotional impact of the picture.

Details

  • Title: View of the town of Olevano (Rome Province, Italy) with Rainbow
  • Creator: Joseph Anton Koch
  • Date: c. 1823/1835 - 1825
  • Physical Dimensions: w55.7 x h40.6 cm
  • Type: Drawing
  • Medium: Quill and brush in brown, washed, over pencil, on paper
  • Inv.-No.: SZ Koch 42
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018511
  • External Link: Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyright: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Jörg P. Anders │ Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Gottfried Riemann
  • Collection: Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Artist Gender: Male
  • Artist Dates: 27.07.1768 - 12.01.1839

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