Grottaferrata bei Rom

Grottaferrata bei Rom

More about this artwork
The focal point of this depiction is the early mediaeval monastery Grottaferrata, which lies northwest of Lake Alban. The Alban Hills extend along the background, which are characterized by the significant conical peak of Monte Cavo. A river with a little fall flows in the center, while the view is restricted in the foreground by trees on both sides. The painting is bathed in a hazy atmosphere, which, along with the unusual oval format, harks back to the influence of Claude Lorrain. This type of depiction is not typical of Dillis but is representative of contemporary landscape description of the Alban Hills. During his first stay in Italy during 1794/95, Dillis repeatedly painted Grottaferrata. An extensive range of drawings and two watercolors have been identified as precursors to the oil painting. The works make clear that Dillis, in the completed version, gave precedence to compositional considerations over topographical reality, adding the river and the foreground as idealizing elements.
Inventory Number
WAF 211
Birth year of the artist
1759
Year the artist deceased
1841
Dimensions of the object
33,4 x 45,4 cm
Material / Technology / Carrier
Öl auf Eichenholz
Genre
Malerei
Department
19. Jahrhundert
Origin
1841 durch König Ludwig I. aus der Sammlung Klenze erworben
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Neue Pinakothek München
Citation
Johann Georg von Dillis, Grottaferrata bei Rom, um 1796/97, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Neue Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/ApL8q9gGN2 (Last updated on 07.11.2019)

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