Court painter to Ludwig I of Bavaria, Carl Rottman was the leading landscape painter of the Munich school in the second quarter of the 19th Century.
Like Schirmer (see lot 27), the idealizing and neo-classical tendencies that he had imbibed from the Nazarenes and from Leo von Klenze - and which he exhibited in his official commissions - were tempered by a strong sense of naturalism gathered from the numerous landscape studies he made in the Bavarian mountains.
The present work dates to the first of Rottman's two trips to Italy, during which he made countless informal plein air studies, such as the present work, as well as travelling South to Palermo to execute more formal works for his new patron.
The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Dr. Erika Rödiger-Diruf in a letter dated 3.11.2005, who compares the it to no. 97 in her catalogue raisonné on the artist, a work executed in Rome.