Sunday, January 20, 2013

CARL ROTTMANN (1797-1850) - Cycle of Greek Landscapes

"Between 1838 and 1850 Carl Rottmann (1797-1850) was commissioned by King Ludwig I. of Bavaria to paint 23 scenes of Greek landscapes. The monumental paintings were created on large, transportable plaster boards each weighing 400 kilos. Presenting a sequence of pictures circling from Athens via Sparta to Olympia, the landscape portraits depict the most important sites of Ancient Greece.

However, Rottmann did not reconstruct an idyllic Arcadia, nor did he idealise the ancient places made famous in myths and history. Instead, he chose to portray them as he had come to know them on his travels in the years 1834/35: partly solitary, partly ravaged landscapes."

Here is some of those paintings:

Aigina with the Temple of Aphaia

Corinth with Acrocorinth




Sikyon with Mount Parnassus

Sikyon with Corinth

Athens, Acropolis and Olympion

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