Hermann Corrodi (1844 - 1905): Nightly Walk of the Monks to

Hermann Corrodi (1844 - 1905): Nightly Walk of the Monks to

10/6/2021, 12:17:15 PM
Hermann Corrodi (1844 - 1905): Nightly Walk of the Monks to the Mount Athos, 1905, Oil on canvas, 232 x 130 cm, Private Collection Hermann David Salomon Corrodi was an Italian painter of landscapes and orientalist scenes. He was acquainted with most of the European royalty of the time, including a friendship with Queen Victoria, and traveled widely in the Southwest and West Asia, including Egypt, Syria, Cyprus and Istanbul, which provided the subject matter for many of his paintings. He made this picture of Mount Athos in Greece in the last month or even the last days of his life. Corrodi didn't painted the work in situ. The landscape, the church and the stairs are a product of his fantasy. He painted it in his studio in Rome. The hermits hut clung on the steep rock like a birds’ nest is an interesting detail. The seven monks with their lamps and walking sticks lead the viewer to the ascent. Large, high-format night picture, in which the monastery church Athos with dome stands in the backlight of the moonlight, some windows and the round-arched gate entrance lit up. The monastery on a high, steep rock face above the water on the right, where the moonlight reflects. The left part of the picture shows up to the upper edge of the picture the steep rocks with the wooden staircases and the oriels of the monk cells built into the rocks. The foreground is animated by large, dark green reproduced agaves and a cactus plant. The image radiates moody theatricality, enhanced by the moonlit, ragged cloudscape.

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