Johann Eismann was born in Salzburg in 1604. He studied mathematics in Munich while working as the court painter for the Bavarian Prince-Elector. He first travelled to Venice in 1644 where he was known as ‘Giovanni Homo di Ferro'. He left for Rome in 1650 where he continued his artistic training and studied the great Italian Renaissance masters. In 1663, he settled in Venice and received many important commissions from patrons such as Count Mathias van der Schulenburg and Prince Bishop Charles of Liechtenstein-Kastelkorn. He also spent time in Verona and visited Germany several times.
He specialised in Italianate subjects usually featuring busy ports or harbours, however, he also painted battle scenes and the occasional portrait. Eismann was influenced by Salvator Rosa (1615-1673) with whom he collaborated on a number of works. However, in turn he had a strong influence on Luca Carlevarijs (1663-1730) as well Carlo Briseghella (1679-1718), his pupil whom he adopted and became Charles Eismann. Johann Eismann died in Venice in 1698. Examples of his work are held by the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg the Met Museum, New York, National Trust and the V&A
The painting is housed in a new, ebonised & gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
Possibly B. dal Pozzo, Le vite de' pittori, de gli scultori, et architetti veronesi, 1718 p.298 ( sei pezzi di Paefi di Eifmann contenenti vno vn fualiglio; vn' altro Porto di Mare, e gli altri quatro, antichita' e figure)
'Notable Works of Art now on the Market' supplement in The Burlington Magazine, CXI 1969, no. 795, pl. XLII (as Francesco Simonini)
E. A. Safarik, 'Johann Anton Eismann', in Saggi e Memorie di Storia dell'Arte, X, 1976, p. 73, cat. no. 53, and p. 132, ill. fig. 26. In his article, Safarik suggests that this work may have formed part of a larger group of five works seen at the house of the Conte Ercole Giusti in SS Apostoli in Verona. The similarities with the four other works, such as the large proportions indicate they are likely to have been hung together (see E. A, Safarik, 'Johann Anton Eismann', in Saggi e Memorie di Storia dell'Arte, X, 1976, p. 73, cat. nos 47, 48, 52, 53, and 56). Many of the works which Safarik identifies as earlier than this date tend to be found in locations outside of Italy, suggesting that Eismann was active both within and outside the country. He therefore dates the group of 'Veronese' pictures to a much later point in the artist's career.
|Image Size||38 inches x 60 inches (96.5cm x 152.5cm)|
|Framed Size||46 inches x 68 inches (117cm x 173cm)|