A Section of the Via Sacra, Rome (The Church of Saints Cosmas and Damian)

Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg Danish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 806

In Rome, between 1813 and 1816, Eckersberg produced a series of urban prospects remarkable for their scrupulously simple compositions and saturated hues. These studies were painted in repeated sittings before the motif in order to faithfully reproduce the effects of the Mediterranean sun on architectural ensembles. This frieze-like view depicts the fourth-century Temple of Romulus and Remus, which forms the vestibule of the sixth-century Church of Saints Cosmas and Damian. Eckersberg later installed his Roman views in the apartment he occupied at Charlottenborg Palace, Copenhagen, where they proved a revelation to his younger contemporaries.

A Section of the Via Sacra, Rome (The Church of Saints Cosmas and Damian), Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (Danish, Blåkrog 1783–1853 Copenhagen), Oil on canvas

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