REINHART, Johann Christian
(b. 1761, Hof, d. 1847, Roma)

Landscape with Town and Bridge

Engraving, 259 x 354 mm
Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich

At the end of the eighteenth century, young landscape artists turned toward a heroic concept of the classical. This is evident in the work of the Leipzig artist Reinhart. He arrived in Rome in 1789 already fully trained in the art of landscape. For him, the most inspiring contemporary artist there was not a landscapist, but the historical artist Asmus Jacob Carstens. Under the influence of Carstens, he tried to invest classical landscape with a sense of the heroic, and to some extent he succeeded.