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The Bay of Naples with Vesuvius in the Background

Artist:
Christen Købke (Danish, Copenhagen 1810–1848 Copenhagen)
Date:
1825–48
Medium:
Graphite with graphite framing line
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 13/16 x 15 9/16 in. (27.5 x 39.5 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Guy Wildenstein Gift, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.179
Not on view
Købke is regarded as the most important painter of Denmark's golden age, although his career was cut short by his early death at the age of thirty-eight. His most ambitious compositions were inspired by the German artist Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840) and thus include grandly Romantic land- and seascapes. The Museum's drawing is closely related to a painting (Toledo Museum of Art) that Købke completed after a two-year sojourn in Italy.
Signature: Signed and dated, lower left, outside framing lines, in graphite: "C. Købke Mai (or Mar?) 1843."

Inscription: Verso, upper center, in graphite: "31/10 43 Empf[...] Weigel, Leipzig"
Lower left, in brown ink: "Kunstforeningen j Kiobhaven."
Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen (acquired from the artist); Vendor: Thomas le Claire Kunsthandel, Hamburg
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 5, 2009–January 10, 2010.

Hans Edvard Nørregård-Nielsen, Kaspar Monrad Christen Købke. Ex. cat. Copenhagen, 1996, p. 298.



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