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The Large Italian Landscape

A work made of etching on ivory chine and buff wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on ivory chine and buff wove paper.




Johann Wilhelm Schirmer
German, 1807-1863

About this artwork

Although originally from Germany, Johann Wilhelm Schirmer traveled to Italy, where he found solace in the countryside. The artist preferred to work en plein air, as did many of his predecessors, including Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin. Later in life, Schirmer became the director of the academy in Karlsruhe (1854–63) and donated many of his plein air works to the school as study materials. His paintings were known for their beautiful and recognizable vegetation, which also permeates his etchings. In The Large Italian Landscape, two wanderers on horseback enjoy an afternoon outing, framed by a lush forest and meandering stream. Landscapes became increasingly popular in 19th-century Europe, offering an escape for city dwellers and Romantics alike.


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Johann Wilhelm Schirmer


The Large Italian Landscape


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1841


Etching on ivory chine and buff wove paper


Image: 31.8 × 43.2 cm (12 9/16 × 17 1/16 in.); Chine: 41.5 × 51 cm (16 3/8 × 20 1/8 in.); Plate: 42.7 × 52 cm (16 13/16 × 20 1/2 in.); Sheet: 45.6 × 55.6 cm (18 × 21 15/16 in.)

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Stanley Field Endowment and Purchase Fund

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