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Romantical landscape with a bridge and the old castle with distance view of Florence. This work was executed in 1874 by important Hungarian landscape painter Károly Markó also known as Carlo Marco or Markó the Younger (Pest, Hungary 1822 – Moscow, Russia, 1891).
Carlo´s father, Károly Markó the Elder, was born in Hungary and died in Italy. At the age of 16 years, Carlo studied by his father and hey were travelling through Italy and settled in Florence, where he pursued his studies. Later, he was joined there by his brother András Markó. Among his works are depictions of the Valle di Quesa near the countryside by Pisa. While he was close with many of the Macchiaoli painters, his style seems to recall that of the Baroque painter Lorraine as well as painters of the School of Posillipo. Among his works are: La Brigata del Boccaccio; Veduta di Bella Riva; Le cave di Carrara; Paese in Corsica; I dintorni di Gaville; and Lungo l ´ Arno. Some of his works, such as Christ in Emmaus and The Samaritan at the Well have figures in the scene dwarfed by the landscape, although the landscape itself commented on the events. Some of his works are on display in the Hungarian National Gallery.
He was Professor of the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence, as well as in Genoa, Perugia, and Urbino. Among his pupils were Serafino De Tivoli, Adolfo Tommasi, Ulvi Liegi, and Domenico Bresolin. He later moved to Russia, possibly with a promise of employment (as Italian painters were very much in vogue there at the time) and died in Moscow.
Provenance: acquired in 1980 in the Erich Beckmann gallery, Hanover; since then private collection Freiburg / Germany.
Literature: (in German) Thieme/Becker "Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künsler.." , Nagy "Lexicon of Hungarian artists "(in Hungarian); Comanducci "Lexicon of Italian artists" (in Italian).
Inscription: signed and dated 1873 lower right .
Technique: oil on canvas. Original gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed w 27 1/2" x h 19 1/8" (70 x 48,5 ); framed w 34 1/2" x h 26" ( 87,5 x 66 cm).
Condition: in good condition, old relining of original canvas.