Martinus Rørbye (b. Drammen 1803, d. Copenhagen 1848)

View from Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Rome with a monk drawing water from a well. On the reverse a small figure study of a monk seen from the back. Unsigned. Inscribed “Kloster-Gaarden ved Ara-coeli Rom 1834” (The atrium of Ara-Coeli Rome 1834) and with the artist's colour notes. Further inscribed M. Rørbye on the reverse. Pencil and wash on paper. Sheet size 24×30 cm.

Martinus Rørbye made several drawings from Aracoeli in 1834. In his journal, dated 12 November 1834, he notes (in Danish): “In the morning I sketched in the monastery of Ara-Coeli. In the afternoon: made a small trip with Küchler”.

(Martinus Rørbye's travel journals in “Kilder til Dansk Kunsthistorie” (ktdk.dk), (Primary Sources in Danish Art History) by MA and PhD in art history Jesper Svenningsen and published by the The New Carlsberg Foundation).


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