This atmospheric oil on canvas painting is a depiction of The Porto d’ Anzio in 1889. This well balanced composition depicts the old port the clouds parting. The work shows excellent depth and detail. There is a fishing vessel on the beach perhaps unloading the catch and sailboats are seen on the distant horizon where the rock promontory- Capo d’Anzio leads our eye to. Anzio was called Antium in Roman times. The structures to the right are the ruins of Nero’s Villa which he constructed in the 1st Century A.D as well as a vast harbor complex which he built for Roman Army veterans. There is a label written and dated by the artist on the stretcher which states (translated from German): ”Ruin of the Roman Caesar's Palace ... Antium (Porto Anzio) ... Cape. L. Neubert 1889 ( the .... are missing pieces of label). The artist signed and dated the work on the front lower right corner.
The work measures 22” (56 cm) by 38” (96 cm) and 29 ½” (75 cm) by 45 1/4” (115cm) in a contemporary cove-style frame. Craquelure extends vertically and diagonally over the canvas. There is a patch on the verso from an earlier restoration on the lower right margin. There are scattered inpaints to the middle section of the sky and over the area and the lower right middle ground. All of which are visible under UV illumination. The work was recently cleaned and restored to a fresh and stable condition.
Neubert was born in 1846 in Leipzig and died in 1892 in Piena. He trained under Max Schmidt and Kalkreuth at the School of Fine Art in Weimar. *
Source: Benezit 2006.
Painting of the Italian Coast by listed artist Ludwig Neubert (1846-1892)