Joseph Anton Koch (Austrian, Obergibeln bei Elbigenalp 1768–1839 Rome)
Pen and black ink over graphite, squared in graphite, framing line in brown ink
sheet: 14 15/16 x 19 3/8 in. (38 x 49.2 cm)
Purchase, David T. Schiff Gift, 2005
Not on view
Koch’s precise delineation—first in graphite, then reinforced in ink—of the Roman landscape in this drawing exemplifies the artist’s Neoclassical style of draftsmanship. He presents a view from the southeast that includes in the middle ground the Palaceof Severus, four arches of the Aqua Claudia, and the Arch of Constantine. In the distance lie the campanile of Santa Francesca Romana, the Torre delle Milizie, and, at the highest point, the Capitoline Hill. In 1810 Koch published his Vedute Romane, a series of twenty etchings, with number eighteen derived from this drawing.
Inscription: Inscribed, upper left, in pen and brown ink: "N.3." Squared in graphite for transfer and numbered along horizontal and vertical lines Verso, upper left, in graphite: "65 / 56 1/2 / 8 [underlined]"; lower right corner: "20 L or 20 £ [lire or pounds?]" Upper left, in black chalk, in a different hand: "12/800"; upper right: "10 [inscribed in a circle]" Upper right, in blue pencil: "N3/9"
the artist's grandson, Ottaviano Koch, Rome (Italian, 1853–1939); Stiftung Wolfgang Ratjen, Vaduz; David Lachenmann; Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Picturing Math: Selections from the Department of Drawings and Prints," January 31, 2017–May 1, 2017.
Otto von Lutterotti Joseph Anton Koch, 1768-1839. Berlin, 1940, cat. no. Z 593, p. 277.
Otto Ritter von Lutterotti Otto R[itter]. von Lutterotti Joseph Anton Koch, 1768–1839: Leben und Werk, mit einem vollständigen Werkverzeichnis. Herold Verlag, 2nd ed. (1st ed., 1940). Vienna, 1985, cat. no. Z593, p. 364.
Cornelia Reiter "Metropolitan Museum Journal" Nature as Ideal: Drawings by Joseph Anton Koch and Johann Christian Reinhart. 49, 2014, fig. no. 6, pp.208-211, ill.