Danzica 1826 1907 Rome

Landscape w Ruins and the Colosseum, Rome

few traces of pencil underdrawing, watercolor, bodycolor, some gum arabic. 73/4 x 125/8" (19.7 x 32.1 mm). signed lower right in red: Jul. Zielcke ROMA

private collection

Schooled in Dusseldorf at the Academy from 1845-51, Zielcke travelled soon thereafter to Rome. This view was painted by the gifted artist from the Palatine Hill. The bright sunlight of the day has cast a dramatic shadow on the Colosseum, which despite its distance, is the focus of the painting. Carl Blechen had painted this subject from the same view point in 1829.1

Zielke's watercolors show the artist's rapture with the sights in and around Rome. He also travelled to Paestum and to Sicily, creating uniquely handled landscape paintings with ancient ruins, in a technique like the present work featuring contrasts of density and lightness in touch. His paintings are conserved in the state museums of Germany. He also painted his Italian views in oil.

The oil sketch on paper is on the web-site of Nicolaas Teuwisse.