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Distant View of Rome with the Baths of Caracalla
Heinrich Bürkel

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 Heinrich Bürkel
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 × 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 Not on display
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