Landscape with the Belvedere

Antonín Mánes

Antonín Mánes - Landscape with the Belvedere
This painting is a variant of a canvas Mánes painted in 1816; their comparison reveals the changes in his attitude to landscape painting. An ideal landscape composition in the spirit of Neo-Classicism has given way to genuine poetic Early Romanticism. The reason for the change was Mánes's wish to truly render natural elements, to put on canvas natural light and to endow the picture with more realistic features. The motif of the Renaissance Belvedere, built in Prague by Italian architects, appropriately supplements the Neo-Clasicist features of the painting. The pure colours and soft diffuse light have a unifying effect, while the small staffage enhances the idyllic tone of the landscape.
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measurements: height 85 cm
width 118 cm
material: canvas
technique: oil
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inventory number: O 6294
gallery collection: Collection of the 19th Century Art