Nov 18, 2010

Landscape with Castle and Shepherds

Landscape with Castle and Shepherds


Achille Etna Michallon

(French, 1796–1822)

Brown ink and brown wash over graphite, heightened with white gouache

Support: Light brown wove paper

Sheet: 18.8 x 27 cm (7 3/8 x 10 5/8 in.)

Gift of Members of The Print Club of Cleveland in honor of the Club's seventy-fifth anniversary 1994.112



This landscape illustrates the sublime beauty of nature, a Romantic concept, but it also reflects
the importance of classical training in Rome. Throughout the 19th century, artists flocked to Italy to study classical ruins and themes, as well as landscapes. Here, the castle evokes Northern Italian fortresses, and in the tradition of other French artists traveling to Rome, Michallon imbued his rendering of the Alps with great emotion.

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