OLIVIER, Ferdinand
(b. 1785, Dessau, d. 1841, München)

View of Salzburg and the Hohensalzburg Fortress fom the Mönschberg

Pencil, 326 x 406 mm
Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna

Some of the greatest of all Nazarene landscape drawings were done by Ferdinand Olivier, a friend and teacher of Schnorr. Olivier"s view of the region around Salzburg made the area famous and are reminiscent of Old German drawings in silver point. These drawings form a series in which landscape and figurative elements also conveys religious themes. This view of Salzburg shows his brother and sister-in-law gripped by Romantic awe in the presence of Nature's wonders. Both figures are wearing "plug hats" typical of pious country folk.