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Olevano

Artist
Albert Bierstadt, American (born Germany), 1830–1902
Date
1856–57
Material
Oil on paper mounted on canvas
Made in
Olevano Romano, Lazio, Italy, Europe
Depicts
Olevano Romano, Lazio, Italy, Europe
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 336
Dimensions
19 3/4 x 27 1/8 in. (50.2 x 68.9 cm)
framed: 26 x 33 1/2 in. (66 x 85.1 cm)
Credit Line
Eliza McMillan Trust
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
150:1953
NOTES
Painted from a hill overlooking the Italian town of Olevano Romano, this oil sketch presents a panoramic view of stucco buildings, the rustic countryside, and the distant ruins of a castle at the right. Along the bottom of the painting, Albert Bierstadt recorded the names of nearby locations and later used them as reference points for a larger painting based on this sketch. Olevano Romano’s great cliffs and distinctive architecture attracted many tourists and artists in the mid-19th century.
1890 - 1953
Bierstadt family, gift of the artist; Edward Hale Bierstadt, Orangeburg, NY [1]

1953 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Edward Hale Bierstadt [2]


Notes:
[1] According to a note from Edward Hale Bierstadt, the artist was his grand-uncle and gave the painting to his parents in 1890 as a wedding gift; the painting was in the immediate possession of his family until he sold it to the Museum [invoice from Edward Hale Bierstadt, October 22, 1953].

[2] See note [1]. Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, November 5, 1953.
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