Roman Landscape (Römische Landschaft)
On View: Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
Arnold Böcklin was one of many artists lured to Italy to sketch and paint the light-bathed countryside in and around Rome. Unlike some of his contemporaries who found inspiration in time-worn monuments, Böcklin preferred rustic sites seemingly untouched by humans.
Here, the tiny figure of a bather disrobing in the middle ground underscores the majesty of nature, seen in particular in the ancient trees heavy with moss. Böcklin almost completely removes narrative elements to concentrate his attention on patterns of light and shade, as well as details of foliage and rock formations.
Oil on canvas
29 5/16 x 28 1/2in. (74.5 x 72.4cm)
frame: 37 5/8 x 36 7/8 x 3 1/2 in. (95.6 x 93.7 x 8.9 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "A. Böcklin fec"
Bequest of A. Augustus Healy
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Arnold Böcklin (Swiss, 1827-1901). Roman Landscape (Römische Landschaft), 1852. Oil on canvas, 29 5/16 x 28 1/2in. (74.5 x 72.4cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of A. Augustus Healy, 21.94
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