Gustaf Söderberg (Swedish, Norrköping 1799–1875 Stockholm)
Oil on two sheets of paper, laid down on Masonite
8 3/8 x 14 1/2 in. (21.3 x 36.8 cm)
Thaw Collection, Jointly Owned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Eugene V. Thaw, 2009
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 806
By the nineteenth century, the panoramic view seen in this small painting had been reproduced in prints so often that one visitor to Rome described his first sight of it as "half recognition and half surprise." One distinctive feature of Söderberg’s version is the use of stippling to record visual data on a minute scale, including cows on the Tiber’s western embankment and Bernini’s sculptures of saints along the bridge.
Dr. Gustaf Lindgren, Stockholm (1938–d. 1989); by descent in Lindgren family, Sweden (from 1989); [Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, London; sold to Thaw]; Eugene V. Thaw, New York (until 2009)
Djurgården (Stockholm). Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde. "Fem Italienfarare," September–October 1974, no. 92a (as "Utsikt över Castel S. Angelo," lent by Dr. Gustaf Lindgren).
Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art. "The Romantic Prospect: Plein Air Painters, 1780–1850," June 22–August 15, 2004, no. 65 (as "View of St. Peter's and the Castel Sant'Angelo").
Sydney. Art Gallery of New South Wales. "Plein-air Painting in Europe, 1780–1850," September 4–October 31, 2004, no. 65.
Melbourne. National Gallery of Victoria. "Plein-air Painting in Europe, 1780–1850," November 19, 2004–January 16, 2005, no. 65.
New York. Morgan Library & Museum. "Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection," January 23–August 30, 2009, unnum. checklist (as "Rome with St. Peter's and the Castel Sant'Angelo").
Christian Faerber et al. Konst i svenska hem: Målningar och skulpturer från 1800 till våra dagar. Göteborg, 1942, vol. 6, p. 320 under no. 520, listed as "Utsikt över Castel S. Angelo, Rom" (1821).
Charlotte Gere inPlein-Air Painting in Europe, 1780–1850. Exh. cat., Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art. Shizuoka, 2004, pp. 128–29, no. 65, ill. (color), as "View of St Peter's and the Castel Sant'Angelo.
Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 143, no. 126, ill. (color), calls it "Rome with St. Peter's and the Castel Sant'Angelo".