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Carl Friedrich Heinrich WERNER (1808 - 1894)Carnival in Rome
Ref : 66608
6 000 €
Period :
19th century
Artist :
Signé et daté en bas à gauche: C Werner f Rom 1835
Dimensions :
L. 12.99 inch X l. 12.52 inch
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Carl Friedrich Heinrich WERNER (1808 - 1894)Carnival in Rome

Carl Friedrich Heinrich WERNER
(Weimar 1808 - Leipzig 1894)
Carnival in Rome
Watercolor and pencil on paper, 333 x 318 mm
Signed and dated lower left: C Werner f Rom 1835

The watercolor Carnival in Rome represents a scene of the well-known costume party that was celebrated every year before Lent. The origin of the Roman carnival date back to the Saturnali: a religious feast of Ancient Rome that was characterized by public amusements, sacrifices, and balls and by the use of masks. The fascination originated by the Roman Carnival was also captured by additional artists, such as Ippolito Caffi, Carl Max Gerlach Quaedvlieg or Pimen Nikiti Orlov, whom have immortalized it in their own oeuvres.
During the XIX century, the carnival was celebrated mainly in Via del Corso and in the surrounding streets. As a matter of fact, the drawing by the German artist reproduces the colorful masks in Via del Corso. During this festivity both wealthy and poor people were mixing within the crowd, erasing any diversity. The only highly visible differences were either the chance to rent “lochi” – that are sitting seats all along the street – or the possibility to exhibit a “legno” – that is instead a carriage. The scene represented by Werner show both of them, “lochi” and “legno”; few distinct noblewomen and gentlemen lean out from terraces to observe the costumes marching, while a couple of carriages transit along the road.The bright, suffused light in this watercolour is reminiscent of the way in which his fellow countryman Franz Ludwig Catel, who was also in active in Rome in those years, used to handle light.

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