THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR
Sale Munich, Montmorillon, 23 July 1883;1
Anonymous sale ('Property from a European Private Collection'), New York, Sotheby's, 30 January 2014, lot 74, where acquired by the present owner.
An inscription on the reverse of the present painting, written by Heinz Braune, Director of the Neue Pinakothek, Munich, in the early twentieth century, indicates that the composition was still in Neureuther’s possession at the time of his death in 1882, and was among the contents of the artist’s studio sold at auction in Munich the following year. Furthermore, Braune’s inscription dates the composition to Neureuther’s first Roman sojourn of 1836–1837.
Both the inscription and the view itself suggest that Neureuther lived near the Church of Sant’Andrea delle Fratte. Indeed, the present canvas depicts the heart of the artists’ quarter in Rome: the via Sistina, partially depicted at left, contained many accommodations for the foreign artists who flocked to Rome during this period.
1. T. Sharman 2001, p. 244.
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