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

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.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1802 - 1869
Full title
Distant View of Rome with the Baths of Caracalla in the Foreground
Date made
about 1829
Medium and support
Oil on paper
Dimensions
23.7 x 57.4 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
L803
Location in Gallery