Water colour and opaque
colours, partially covering underdrawing in black chalk,
circumferential border line in black Indian ink, partially varnished,
210 x 324 mm, signed, labelled and dated in black Indian ink in the
bottom left-hand corner: »F. Salathé. Roma 1820.«, verso on vintage
lamination: location marked in pencil in a foreign hand in the bottom
right-hand corner: »Castel Gandolfo«
Condition: slight fox marks, laminated
Provenance: private collection in Berlin
Created during the artist’s seven year sojourn in Italy from 1815 -
1821. Castel Gandolfo, situated around 20 km south-east of Rome on
Lake Albano, was rebuilt to house the papal palace in the years 1624 -
1629. The artist lived in the Eternal City in 1820, and could reach
the papal residence in just a day.
The illustrative water colour was not produced in front of the subject,
as the location, »Roma«, reveals. It is likely that Salathé travelled
to Castel Gandolfo to make studies which he made use of later on.
The painting was produced during his most productive creative period.
»It is obvious that the years 1819 - 1821, in Rome und Naples,
constitute the highlights of his creative period« (Yvonne
Boerlin-Brodbeck in: Ein Zeichner der Romantik - Friedrich Salathé,
Basel (Kat. Ausstellung) 1988, S. 13 (»Friedrich Salathé - a
Draughtsman of the Romantic Age«, Basel [cat. Exhibition], 1988, p.