Artist and publisher: (Johann Heinrich) Ferdinand Olivier (German, Dessau 1785–1841 Munich)
Medium: Lithographs printed in gray and again with a light beige tone stone mounted on painted and gilt board with attached titles printed on brown paper. Printed portfolio with green ribbons.
Dimensions: Image: 11 x 7 11/16 in. (27.9 x 19.5 cm)
Mount: 17 7/8 x 22 5/16 in. (45.4 x 56.6 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation Gift, 2004
Accession Number: 2004.116.1–.9
Olivier was so taken with the landscape around Salzburg when he visited the area in 1815 and again in 1817 that he determined to create a series of prints that would share the beauty of these views with his countrymen. The artist painstakingly created the series over a period of five years and published it himself. It is considered not only Olivier's masterpiece but also one of the finest works of early German lithography. The series ultimately comprised two allegorical pages and seven landscapes organized according to the days of the week. He additionally wove into the imagery allusions to biblical stories, and the circle of life, death, and salvation. The precision and subtlety of the artist's technique astonished contemporaries. He created golden shadows by printing with incomparable exactitude an additional tint stone. The areas of white are merely the result of the paper allowed to show through the areas of printed tone. The Museum's set, which includes the original portfolio, was no doubt created as a deluxe edition since it is mounted on elaborate gilt mats.