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Arnold Böcklin

1827 - 1901

The Swiss painter Arnold Böcklin travelled to Italy for the first time in 1850. He remained there for seven years, associating with the circle of German artists in Rome known as the Tugendbund, or 'League of Virtue'. During the 1860s he returned to Italy once again, moving permanently to Tuscany in 1893, and dying there eight years later.

Böcklin is particularly known for his large-scale mythological paintings set in the rugged terrain of an idealised Italianate landscape.