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Title Amalfi - Golfe de Salerne
Collection Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate
Artist Unterberger, Franz Richard (Austrian painter, 1838-1902, active in Italy)
Date Earliest about 1875
Date Latest about 1885
Signed yes
Description Unterberger is best known for his atmospheric depictions of Naples and the Italian West Coast, and this painting is among their number. The artist pictures the white-painted houses of Amalfi glistening under the sun. Vines form the roof to a walkway into a residential area. Incidental figures lend further romance to the work: a monk, a little girl and a pair of lovers are among those depicted. The viewer is invited to imagine a complex narrative involving each of the figures featured in the composition.
Current Accession Number HARAG 104
Inscription front ll ‘F R Unterberger’
Subject place (Amalfi, Italy)
Measurements 68.6 x 80.3 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Unknown.
Publications Smith, Alastair, and Andrew Stewart, The Harrogate Fine Art Collection, Harrogate, 1999, p. 114.

Unterberger was born in Innsbruck, Switzerland. He studied at the Munich Academy and with the artists Zimmerman in Weimar and Achenbach in Dusseldorf. In 1860 he moved to Brussels and exhibited in Vienna in 1874 and London in 1889. He also lived and worked in Dublin from around 1892. Works by this artist are held in the collections at the Louvre, Melbourne Art Gallery and Troyes.

Rights Owner Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate
Author Ruth Stewart




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