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Carl Hummel

1821 – Weimar – 1906

Ancient theatre of Taormina. Circa 1842/45

Oil on paper, laid down on cardboard. 59,5 × 94 cm. (23 ⅜ × 37 in.) Supplement: Das antike Theater von Taormina (Sketch for the painting). Circa 1842/45. Pencil on vellum. 42,4 × 60,2 cm. Skillfully repaired, the drawing with slight time staining. [3021] framed.  [3021] Framed 

ProvenanceEstate of the artist (until 1994) / formerly Luigi Buttezzoni, Florence

EUR 25.000 – 35.000
USD 29,100 – 40,700

Das antike Theater von Taormina

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Literature and IllustrationAuction catalogue: Deutsche und Österreichische Malerei und Zeichnungen des 19. Jahrhunderts sowie Gemälde und Zeichnungen aus dem Nachlass Carl Hummels. Munich, Sotheby's, 21.6.1994, cat. no. 223

"When one has climbed the rock walls [...] one finds two peaks connected by a semicircle. Whatever shape this may have had by nature, art has helped and formed the amphitheatrical semicircle for spectators [...]. At the foot of the step-like semicircle, the scene was built transversely in front, thereby connecting the two rocks and completing the most tremendous work of nature and art.
If one now sits down where the highest spectators were seated at that time, one must admit that no audience in the theatre has ever had such objects in front of them. To the right, on higher rocks, there are forts, further down lies the city [...]. Now along the whole long ridge one sees the Aetna, on the left the seashore as far as Catania [...]; then the immense, steaming mountain of fire closes the wide, broad picture, but not terribly, for the mellowing atmosphere shows it more remote and gentle than it is."
J. W. v. Goethe, Italian Journey, entry from Monday, 7 May 1787

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