DETAIL IN FOCUS
At first glance this painting shows groups of people gathering in a local osteria, a casual restaurant in 19th-century Rome. At the table to the right, we see a group of men ordering a meal, smoking and relaxing. But there's more going on. Looking more closely we can "tag" one of the guests.
The seated artist is the Danish painter Albert Küchler (1803-1886), a friend and colleague of Ditlev Blunck.
Returning to the scene at the osteria, Blunck portrays his fellow artist doing what he himself is: observing and sketching the everyday scene. There is a neat parallel story unfolding too as we too observe the scene before us.