A part of 4 views of European cities y the same artist with identical dimensions and frames (for other see item No. 2428; 2430; 2431). This lot is to sell only together with other parts. This rare view depicting Melk Abbey or Stift Melk, an Benedictine Abbey and one of the world´s most famous monastic sites. It is located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river Danube in Lower Austria, adjoining the Wachau valley. Full historical info about the city see in Wikipedia under link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melk_Abbey
The author of this painting Austrian landscape J.Wilhelm Jankowski (1825 Bohemia - 1870 Austria) recieved his popularity with views of different European cities and landscapes in the middle of 19th century , for exemple views of Salzburg, Vienna, Traunsee, Rome, Sevilla, Melk, Venice, Gmunden, Heidelberg , Amsterdam and others.
Literature: "General Artist´s Lexicon " by Thieme/Becker and " Dictionary of austrian artists " by Prof.H.Fuchs (in German).
Inscription: signed lower left.
Technique: oil on canvas, painted in oval on rectangular stretcher . Luxuriousy original period gold-plated frame.
Measurements: image in oval w 16" x h 20 1/4" (40,5 x 51,5 cm),unframed w 16 1/2" x h 20 4/5" (42 x 53 cm), framed w 26" x h 30 3/4 " (66 x 78 cm)
Condition: in very good condition