The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints, 1770–1850 John Ittmann, Warren Breckman, Mitchell B. Frank, Cordulia Grewe, John Ittmann, Catriona MacLeod, F. Carlo Schmid

Publication date:
24 Oct 2017
Yale University Press
424 pages: 283 x 248mm
350 color illus.
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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.

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

“The book provides unique insights into a collection that has been wisely and selectively  expanded since 1985” —Peter Prange, Print Quarterly

John Ittmann’s The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints, 1770-1850 co-won the 2018 IFPDA Book Award.