Rudolf von Alt
- Rudolf Von Alt
- Der Petersplatz in Rom (St Peter's Square, Rome)
- signed and inscribed R. Alt Sanct Peter Rom lower left
- watercolour over pencil heightened with white on paper
- 44.5 by 89.5cm., 17½ by 35in.
Sale: A. Kende, Vienna, 30 March 1925, lot 2
Sale: Christie's, Mauerbach, 29 October 1996, lot 507
Purchased by the previous owner at the above sale
Alt's journeys to Italy in his youth in 1833 and 1835 left a lifelong impression on him. But it was not until 1865, after a hiatus of some thirty years, that he finally returned to Rome. The present work most probably dates from this time, as it was only from then that he began painting on such a large scale. By his own account, Alt was particularly pleased with the views he made on this trip, musing on his homeward journey: 'Now I am curious to see how they will be received, and whether the ones I did in 1835 are better - in my opinion, not!' (Koschatzky, p. 134).