The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints, 1770–1850


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Edited by John Ittmann; With essays by Warren Breckman, Mitchell B. Frank, Cordula Grewe, John Ittmann, Catriona MacLeod, and F. Carlo Schmid

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From the 1770s through the 1840s, German, Austrian, and Swiss artists used the medium of printmaking to create works that synthesized poetry, literature, music, and the visual arts in new and captivating ways. Finding an eager audience in the growing number of educated middle-class collectors, printmakers experimented with modern technologies, such as lithography, and drew on the contemporary interest in regional folklore and traditional fairy tales to produce innovative compositions that both contributed to and reflected the dramatic cultural and political upheavals of the Romantic era. Featuring the work of more than 120 artists, including Casper David Friedrich, Ludwig Emil Grimm, Joseph Anton Koch, Philipp Otto Runge, and Johann Gottfried Schadow, this authoritative book contains many unique and never-before-published examples of prints from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s unrivaled collection.

Published in association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art

John Ittmann is the Kathy and Ted Fernberger Curator of Prints at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

“In this well-gestated residue of an exhibition held in 2013, illustrated works are given succinct entries at the back. The result is scholarship packaged for consumption by a wide range of readers, who are invited to explore engagingly written, beautifully illustrated essays easily read at a single sitting.”—Patricia Emison, Choice

John Ittmann’s The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints, 1770-1850 co-won the 2018 IFPDA Book Award.
ISBN: 9780300197624
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art
424 pages, 9 3/4 x 11 1/8
350 color illus.
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