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A VIEW IN NAPLES
MAX HERMANN RICHTER
1850 – 1917 signed & initialled
Oil on canvas 16 x 24 ½ inches
Framed size 26 ½ x 34 ½ inches
Born in Saxony in 1850, Max was to become something of a Renaissance man, his talents spread from an Archaeologist, Dealer, Painter, Author and Academic.
Today he is best known for being the foremost authority on ancient Cyprus of his age. He was the official agent for the British Museum (on behalf of Sir Charles Newton) to purchase items for them in Cyprus.
He arrived in Cyprus in 1878 and soon set about excavations for private clients. He was particularly interested in the Religious belief of the ancient Islanders. His work on this subject earned him a Doctorate at the University of Leipzig. His main publication was “Kypros, the Bible and Homer” and remains a source of valuable archaeological information today.
Many Museums around the World hold pieces discovered by Richter, in particular the British Museum and Berlin Museum.
His career was not beyond question though, because in 1910 he was caught trying to smuggle items from Cyprus.
He was clearly a very talented painter as well, clearly shown by the sheer quality of this work.
It is interesting that knowing his background; it is the ancient building and its detail, which are the centre of his concentration.
His books and private papers are filled with many excellent quality drawings and illustrations done by his hand, which would explain the superb draughtsmanship in this picture.
Much of his life, he claimed to be underpaid and undervalued for his contribution to archaeology.
He supplemented his income by selling works from his private collection.
It is not known what date he was in Naples but it would appear to be around 1910.
Max Richter died in Berlin in 1917.
A list of the digs he undertook is on the British Museum website.
Bibl: British Museum & Wikipedia (German)
|Height||16.00 inch||(40.64 cm)|
|Width||24.50 inch||(62.23 cm)|
|External Height||26.50 inch||(67.31 cm)|
|External Width||34.50 inch||(87.63 cm)|
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