Ernst Meyer, 1829 - A Roman street letter-writer reading a letter aloud to a young girl - fine art print

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Original description by the museum (© - by Thorvaldsens Museum - Thorvaldsens Museum)

While studying at the Academy in Copenhagen and during the following years training at Munich, Meyer wanted to be a historical painter. But when he came to Rome in 1824 he successfully turned to depictions of Italian street life. Today, we might see this type of painting as idealised and devoid of any social message, but the public of the day appreciated the humour with which Meyer was able to portray amusing everyday events. The scene here is played out on a Roman market place that no longer exists, the Piazza Montanara. The church in the background is S. Angelo in Pescheria. The girl is illiterate and must therefore make use of the scribe, who offers his writing and reading skills on the streets. She has received a letter and is eager to know its contents. Perhaps she has received a letter from her lover. At all events, her eyes are sparkling. In the companion piece, A Roman Street Scribe Writing a Letter for a Young Girl, Meyer has added his own name in a girl’s letter. So we could perhaps be led to believe that what is being read out here is the painter’s reply. She is looking toward us – and towards him.

This masterpiece A Roman street letter-writer reading a letter aloud to a young girl was painted by the artist Ernst Meyer in 1829. The original measures the size: 62,2 x 69,3 cm and was made on the medium oil on canvas. What is more, the artwork is in the the digital collection of Thorvaldsens Museum, which is located in Copenhagen, Denmark. The modern art public domain artpiece is being provided with courtesy of Ernst Meyer, A Roman street letter-writer reading a letter aloud to a young girl, 1829, Thorvaldsens Museum, creditline of the artpiece is the following: . Further, the alignment is landscape and has an aspect ratio of 1.2 : 1, which implies that the length is 20% longer than the width.

Structured artwork data

Artpiece title: "A Roman street letter-writer reading a letter aloud to a young girl"
Classification: painting
Broad category: modern art
Century: 19th century
Created in the year: 1829
Artwork age: 190 years old
Medium of original artwork: oil on canvas
Original artwork size: 62,2 x 69,3 cm
Museum / collection: Thorvaldsens Museum
Location of the museum: Copenhagen, Denmark
Museum website: Thorvaldsens Museum
License type of artwork: public domain
Courtesy of: Ernst Meyer, A Roman street letter-writer reading a letter aloud to a young girl, 1829, Thorvaldsens Museum,

About the item

Print categorization: fine art reproduction
Reproduction: reproduction in digital format
Production process: UV print / digital printing
Product Origin: Germany
Type of stock: on demand
Intended product use: wall decoration, home design
Orientation of the artwork: landscape format
Side ratio: 1.2 : 1
Implication: the length is 20% longer than the width
Available options: canvas print, poster print (canvas paper), acrylic glass print (with real glass coating), metal print (aluminium dibond)
Canvas on stretcher frame (canvas print) size options: 60x50cm - 24x20", 120x100cm - 47x39", 180x150cm - 71x59"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating) variants: 60x50cm - 24x20", 120x100cm - 47x39"
Poster print (canvas paper) sizes: 60x50cm - 24x20", 120x100cm - 47x39"
Dibond print (alumnium material) size variants: 60x50cm - 24x20", 120x100cm - 47x39"
Picture frame: no frame

Artist details

Name of the artist: Ernst Meyer
Aliases: Ernst Meyer, Meyer Ernst, Meyer Aaron, Meyer Ernst Ahron, ernst meyer von Altona, Ernst Ahron Meyer, Meyer Ahron
Gender of the artist: male
Artist nationality: Danish
Jobs: painter
Country of origin: Denmark
Artist classification: modern artist
Died at the age of: 64 years
Born: 1797
Died in the year: 1861
Deceased in (place): Rome, Roma province, Lazio, Italy

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