Carl Werner – Mass at the Colosseum

Vangelli Gallery

Carl Friedrich Heinrich Werner (1808 – 1894)

Preaching in the Colosseum

Tempera on coloured paper

55 x 34 cm.

1850 ca

This tempera depicts the sermon given by a Capuchin friar inside the Colosseum, from an eighteenth century wooden pulpit, in the presence of faithful and pilgrims in Ciociarian costume. This subject was particularly loved by Nordic artists who worked in Rome in the nineteenth century, such as the Danish Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg who used this kind of scenes in the second decade of the century. The publisher Audot made this subject popular in incisions.
(Alessandra Imbellone)