The Waterfall of Marmore at Terni

The Waterfall of Marmore at Terni


Philipp Hackert

(German, 1737-1807)

Pen and black ink, brush and brown wash, with white gouache and graphite

Support: Cream(3) laid paper

Sheet: 52.2 x 39.9 cm (20 9/16 x 15 11/16 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1982.40



One of the most successful landscapists based in late 18th-century Rome, Hackert's precise renderings of beautiful and historic sites attracted an international clientele on the European grand tour. Located about 35 miles north of Rome, the Terni waterfall is among the most spectacular natural phenomena of Italy. In this carefully crafted composition, meticulously rendered cliffs frame the tiered cascade from its soaring heights to its final emptying in the foreground.

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