View of the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli and the Piazza del Campidoglio, Rome

Jakob Alt (German, 1789–1872)


22.9 x 19.1 cm (9 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Watercolor on paper

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Jakob Alt, patriarch of the family of Viennese landscape artists, travelled to Rome with his son Rudolf in 1835. It was during the period of time when both artists were commissoned by Emperor Ferdinand I to produce watercolors for a view box, a project that perhaps influenced the itinerary to central Italy. Jakob’s exquisite miniaturistic watercolor records with precision the textures and colors of building materials at this important site which he peopled with contemporary citizens of Rome. The picture expresses his joyous response to the clear, warm light of the Eternal city.


Lower right corner, pen: J. Alt/1835.


By 1982, John Goelet, New York; 1982, gift of Goelet to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 15, 1982)

Credit Line

Gift of John Goelet