Woodland Scene with Festooned Grapevines and a Buffalo Herd in the Distance

Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein1796

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

While employed as director of the art academy in the Kingdom of Naples during the 1790s, Wilhelm Tischbein conceived the idea of creating an illustrated edition of Homer’s Odyssey using classical sculptures of Greek heroes and scenes on antique cameos and vases as his models. That the ancient method of grape growing depicted in this etching was still practiced in parts of southern Italy prompted Tischbein to use it as the introductory plate to a section devoted to Odysseus’s encounter with the one-eyed giant Polyphemus.

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  • Title: Woodland Scene with Festooned Grapevines and a Buffalo Herd in the Distance
  • Date: 1796
  • Location: Naples, Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: w14.25 x h19.88 in (Overall)
  • Provenance: The Muriel and Philip Berman Gift, acquired from the John S. Phillips bequest of 1876 to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with funds contributed by Muriel and Philip Berman, gifts (by exchange) of Lisa Norris Elkins, Bryant W. Langston, Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White, with additional funds contributed by John Howard McFadden, Jr., Thomas Skelton Harrison, and the Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, 1985
  • Type: Prints
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Etching (prepublication proof)
  • Manuscript/Series/Book Title: Frontispiece from Homer nach Antiken gezeichnet. Viertes Heft., Later published as plate XVII from Figures d'Homère dessinées d'après l'antique, vol. 1 (Metz, 1801)
  • Artist/Maker: Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein (called Goethe-Tischbein), German, 1751 - 1829