Italian landscape with travellers, Heinrich Buerkel
  • Artist
    Heinrich Buerkel
  • Born
    1802
  • Died
    1869
  • Title
    Italian landscape with travellers
  • Date of Production
    1832
  • Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    159.5 x 77.7cm

Heinrich Buerkel

Italian landscape with travellers

This painting, one of two by the artist in the collection, dates from the time of his visit to Italy. It depicts a scene just outside the gates of Rome - next to the medieval Osteria di San Antonio. A group of travellers - peasants and  monks for the most part - prepare to enter the eternal city which is bathed in warm light. A party of revelers looks on from a vine covered balcony. 

The view could be said to be a northern European's romanticised view of the ancient Italian capital.  The other work by Bürkel in the collection is almost the antithesis of this one, depicting a snow bound scene of charcoal burners in Bavaria.