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The Fountain at Grottaferrata

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Ludwig Richter
German, 1803–1884

About this artwork

With its golden light and peaceful figures in a bucolic environment, this painting represents an idealized view of life in the Italian countryside, as seen through a German lens. Like many young artists of the period, German painter and etcher Ludwig Richter traveled to Rome to study Classical ruins and the Mediterranean landscape. The Fountain at Grottaferrata, completed some years after the artist returned to Germany, is based on his detailed drawings of the countryside just outside Rome. Richter carefully reproduced the features that made this site famous, such as the fortified monastery in the background.


On View, Gallery 221


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Adrian Ludwig (Ludwig) Richter


The Fountain at Grottaferrata


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Signed and dated, l.l.: “L. Richter 1832”


113 × 99.5 cm (44 3/8 × 39 in.)

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Through prior gift of Mrs. Henry C. Woods; through prior gift of Dellora A. Norris; Lacy Armour Fund; through prior gift of Henry Morgen, Ann G. Morgen, Meyer Wasser and Ruth G. Wasser; Louise and Frank Woods Purchase Fund in honor of Mrs. Edward Harris Brewer

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