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The Cascades at Terni gm-00045901

The Cascades at Terni gm-00045901

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Louis-François Cassas (French, 1756–1827) "[Louis-François] Cassas's drawings are unusually beautiful. I have stolen a lot of ideas from him," wrote the Romantic writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

The well-known waterfalls at Terni, forty miles north of Rome, were a popular subject for artists, who often drew them as souvenirs for tourists. Cassas took the opportunity to depict nature's might, a favorite subject of Neoclassical landscapists aiming to convey the concept of the Sublime. To ensure that viewers felt awestruck by the power of the rushing waters, Cassas inserted tiny people in antique costume gesturing in amazement at the spectacle. He also enhanced the cataract's grandeur by choosing a low viewpoint.

References to antiquity were typical in the work of Neoclassical artists, but the ancient figures here also may refer to the falls' origin, when Roman irrigation diverted the Velino River into the Nera in 271 B.C.

The decorative surround appears on the same sheet of paper as the drawing itself, implying that before Cassas put pen to paper, he intended to set his composition within an ornamental frame.
Art Prints are printed on heavy matte finish German art paper using the finest Canon archival inks. Frame is black natural with a white mattboard and Acrylite glazing.

Wall Murals are printed on 42" matte finish, self-adhesive Kodak PhotoText fabric panels that combine and mount easily on a non textured wall surface. We can custom make to any size, just ask.

Stretched Canvas is stretched by hand over 1.5" thick pine bars and printed on cotton poly matte finish canvas. Each is canvas hand coated with Hahnemuhle UV/Archive coating, these are Swiss quality best in industry canvases.


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