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Roman Landscape (Römische Landschaft)

Arnold Böcklin

European Art

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.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: Switzerland
  • DATES 1852
    DIMENSIONS 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)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "A. Böcklin fec"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of A. Augustus Healy
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 21.94_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 21.94_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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