Oil painting depicting Rome in the snow by Robert Schiess (1896-1956) in original painted frame. Dated 1940.
Rome in the snow oil painting by Robert Schiess.
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Fine oil painting depicting a view of Rome towards Saint Peter’s, rather unusually the city is covered in snow. The painting is worked in thick oils in a modernist manner. The base is hessian most likely due to the wartime period when canvas was in short supply. The painting has been professionally cleaned and is in excellent condition.
The piece is signed, dated and titled to the lower left: Rob. Schiess. Roma, 1940. Robert Schiess (1896-1956) was Swiss born but spent the majority of his life in Italy. He was a member of the Pontifical Swiss Guard at Vatican City. Schiess was a long-time friend of the artist Philip de László and the pair travelled the world together in 1928. During his time serving as a Swiss Guard, Schiess impressed many with his artistic talents, including the pontiff who had him design and paint new frescoes for the church of St. Martin and St. Sebastian which was built for the Swiss Guards in 1568. As well as work for the Vatican, he created pictures for wealthy citizens. Schiess also enjoyed recreating the works of old masters, which brought him great recognition for his skills. As a result, he was appointed by the Vatican to create portraits of all the colonels of the Swiss Guard.
The work is in the original painted frame and the whole has the most wonderful decorative appeal.
Overall sizes in inches including frame: 26 ¼ by 32
|Dimensions||5 × 66.5 × 81.5 cm|