Distant View of Rome with the Baths of Caracalla

about 1829, Heinrich Bürkel

The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission

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This panoramic view of the baths of Caracalla, painted before the ruins were fully excavated, is probably one of a series of oil sketches executed soon after Bürkel's arrival in Rome in 1829 from Munich, where he had been studying. The foreground is rapidly sketched in with diluted oils, while the ruins in the middle ground are painted in greater detail, making them appear more sharply in focus.

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