Die Quelle Kallirrhoe bei Athen
Carl Rottmann (1797-1850)

Die Quelle Kallirrhoe bei Athen,

um 1848
Material / Technology / Carrier
Öl auf Leinwand
Dimensions of the object
48,5 x 61,8 cm
19. Jahrhundert
Inventory number
Vor 1866 durch Adolf Friedrich Graf von Schack erworben
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Sammlung Schack München
Carl Rottmann, Die Quelle Kallirrhoe bei Athen, um 1848, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Sammlung Schack München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/02LAXPpxyk (Last updated on 19.06.2023)
German views of Greece were governed more by ideas expounded by the classical scholar Johann Joachim Winckelmann and the poet Friedrich Hölderlin than by direct experience. Rottmann was among the few German painters actually to have visited the country. Kallirrhoe spring lay not far from the Olympieion, in the bed of the river Ilissos, and was famous in antiquity as the chief source of water in Athens. Rottmann, however, shows an empty, barren landscape based on studies he had made from nature. Schack wrote of this painting: `The chants of the priests who once walked here in solemn procession have fallen silent, and the only sign of life that strikes the ear is the chirping of thirsty cicadas.¿

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