Heroic Landscape with Rainbow

Joseph Anton Koch Austrian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 806

The classically-trained painter Joseph Anton Koch was a father-figure to many German-speaking artists who visited Rome in the early nineteenth century. He renewed the genre of heroic landscape painting, which had been established by the seventeenth-century French masters Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin. Koch’s fame rests on this iconic image, which he referred to as a “Greek landscape.” It is the fourth and final version of a composition he first painted in 1805 (Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe).

Heroic Landscape with Rainbow, Joseph Anton Koch (Austrian, Obergibeln bei Elbigenalp 1768–1839 Rome), Oil on canvas

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