A Hunter Resting in the Grotto at Cervaro
Plate 2 from Verschiedene römische Ansichten (Rome 1830)
Johann Christian Reinhart, German, 1761 - 1847
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Around 1810 Johann Christian Reinhart discovered the grotto of Cervaro while out hunting in the countryside near Rome. Soon afterward the cavernous interior of the grotto became the setting for a rowdy annual spring festival held by German artists in Rome, at which they sang comical songs, gave grandiose speeches, and awarded each other mock titles.