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Johann Christian Reinhart (1761-1847) - 1807 Engraving, Balaam's Donkey


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A fine early 19th Century engraving, showing the Biblical scene of Balaam's Donkey. The artist has inscribed their name and date in plate at the lower edge, along with an inscription in Italian with the artist's dedication. On wove.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and foxing. There is some creasing and several tears at the upper edge. The original plate lines are still in tact.


21 x 27cm (8.3" x 10.6")

Artist Biography

In 1789, supported by the hereditary Prince of Coburg-Gotha, he got a grant from the Margrave of Ansbach-Bayreuth, and, aged 28, he left Dresden and moved to Rome. The grant continued until 1791/92 when the Margravate of Ansbach-Bayreuth became part of Prussia. Reinhart came under the influence of the classicist German painters Asmus Jacob Carstens and Koch and became a conspicuous exponent of the historic landscape. He devoted himself more particularly to landscape painting and to aquatint engraving. His paintings, drawings and etchings, of which he made many prints, brought him artistic recognition and financial success and he was eventually able to support a family. In 1801, he married an Italian Anna Caffo and together they had three children.

In 1829 he was asked by the future King Ludwig I of Bavaria to paint the view of Rome to the north, the south, the east and the west of the royal villa, high up on the Pincio. The paintings that resulted measure roughly 67 by 106 inches apiece and show a remarkable steadiness of hand and eye. These works are now housed in the Neue Pinakothek.

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Code py897
Artist Johann Christian Reinhart (1761-1847)
Date 1807
Dimensions 21 x 27cm
Medium Engraving
Style Realism
Subject Landscape
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