The Artist in His Room at the Villa Medici, Rome (1817). Léon Cogniet (French, 1794-1880). Oil on canvas. The Cleveland Museum of Art.
On the back of this painting the artist wrote (in French): “My room at the reception of my first letter from my family, 1817.” In 1817, Cogniet won the Prix de Rome for history painting, a state prize that allowed him to live and work at the Villa Medici for a period of five years. The helmet, shield, and swords depicted reference the expected history paintings to come.
Girl in a Blue Sash. Wilhelm Amberg (German, 1822-1899). Oil on canvas.
Amberg was educated by the painters Carl Joseph Begas in Berlin and Léon Cogniet in Paris. After this he spent a couple of years in Rome. His paintings are characterized by humour and a poetic atmosphere. Amberg has won many awards and from 1886 was a Member of the Senate of the Prussian Academy of Arts, Berlin.