A Hunter Resting in the Grotto at Cervaro
Plate 2 from Verschiedene römische Ansichten (Rome 1830)
Johann Christian Reinhart, German, 1761 - 1847
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.