CARSTENS, Asmus Jakob
(b. 1754, Sanct Gürgen, d. 1798, Roma)


Pencil drawing, 332 x 208 mm
Kunsthalle, Hamburg

Both Denmark and Germany claim this Danish-German painter and draughtsman as their own in their national histories of art, but his greatest impact was on the international group of artists gathered in the last decade of the 18th century in Rome, where Carstens spent his last and most productive years. His severe Neo-classical drawing style and, to an even greater extent, his romantically charged commitment to art influenced such younger artists as Bertel Thorvaldsen and Joseph Anton Koch.