Lot 3
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Hermann Corrodi

80,000 - 120,000 GBP
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  • Hermann Corrodi
  • The Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem
  • signed H. Corrodi Roma lower left
  • oil on canvas


Possibly, Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859 - 1941), acquired from the artist in Rome on 18 September 1892


Possibly, Kunstchronik, 27 October 1892, cited (as Darstellung des Tempelplatzes vor der Omar-Moschee in Jerusalem mit dem heiligen Brunnen)

Catalogue Note

The Dome of the Rock, one of the oldest extant works of Islamic architecture, is an Islamic shrine on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, and according to Islamic tradition marks the spot from which the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven. Initially completed in 691 at the order of Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik, it was built on the site of the Roman temple of Jupiter Capitolinus, which had in turn been built on the site of Herod's Temple, destroyed during the Roman Siege of Jerusalem in 70AD. During the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent (1520–1566) the exterior was covered with tiles, seen here glowing in the evening sun.

Corrodi's view is from the nearby Al-Aqsa mosque just to the south, whose main ablution fountain, known as al-Kas ('the Cup'), is seen in the foreground. It is used by worshipers to perform wudu, a ritual washing of the hands, arms, legs, feet, and face before entry into the mosque. It was first built in 709 by the Umayyads, but in 1327–28 Governor Tankiz enlarged it to accommodate more worshipers. It was originally supplied with water from Solomon's Pools near Bethlehem.

The present picture may be the work formerly in the collection of Kaiser Wilhelm II, who is known to have bought a picture showing 'the sacred fountain before the Mosque of Omar in Jerusalem' from the artist's studio in Rome on 18 September 1892.