This Classical moonlit coastscape with a resting figure and ancient fortress on the hill was executed ca. in 1810s and due to the very similar composition, manner and time of creation was attributed to one of the followers of Claude Lorrain , Austrian famous Classicism landscape painter Johann Nepomuk Schoedlberger (1779 - 1853). For comparison with several works by Schoedlberger see our additional images. Presumably our work was painted by the artist during his life in Italy in 1817-1818.
Schödlberger was initially trained for the school service and was a sign teacher at the Zollerschen main school in the suburb Neubau by Vienna. 1815 became Schödlberger the member of the Academy of Fine Arts and held on to this (by Graf Lamberg protected) from 1816 the lecture "ideas about landscape painting". He hold frendship with painter Anton Petters and was influences by Claude Lorrain and Poussin. 1817/1818 he was in Italy. The Schödlberger´s works, who also worked as a theorist, dominated 1813-1822 the scenic part of the academy exhibitions. He painted in addition to effect pieces (which were already passé against 1820) also ideal Italian nature. In 1821 the artist made a large painting "Traunfall bei Gmunden" for Franz I of Austria. Also Ludwig I of Bavaria and the Grand Duke of Weimar were patrons that supported his talent. His paintings are represented in various museums of Austria, Germany, Italy and also in many private noble collections in Europe and Russia.
Literature: in German: Prof.H.Fuchs , Lexicon "Austrian painters of 19 century"; Thieme/Becker "Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künsler..", Leipzig, 1999; Monography "Followers of Claude Lorrain"; exhibition catalogue "Italian travels. Austrian landscape artists in Italy in 1770-1850", Belvedere, Vienna, 9.11.2001- 3.02.2002 .
Technique: oil on canvas. Classicism style gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed w 39" x h 29 1/2" (99 x 75 cm); framed w 44 1/4" x h 34 5/"(112,5 x 88 cm).
Condition: in good condition, professionally cleaned and relined.