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Alpine Landscape

Artist Julius Lange (German, 1817–1878)
Title Alpine Landscape
Date 1866
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions Overall: 42 1/8 × 57 in. (107 × 144.8 cm)
Framed: 47 1/2 × 62 1/8 × 3 in. (120.7 × 157.8 × 7.6 cm)
Credit Line Morton and Marie Bradley Memorial Collection, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 2006.210

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Until 1871, Germany was not the modern nation-state we know today, but rather a collection of many individual principalities and kingdoms that shared a common language and cultural heritage. Romanticized landscape imagery such as Julius Lange’s Alpine scene reflected feelings of national pride at a time when many Germans hoped for the establishment of a unified country. The large scale of Alpine Landscape suggests it was painting for public viewing in a major exhibition. Lange, a native of Darmstadt, studied at the academy in Düsseldorf, moving in 1840 to Munich, where he was appointed Royal Painter to King Maximilian of Bavaria.

2006, Bequest to the Indiana University Art Museum from Morton C. Bradley, Jr., Arlington, MA

2004–2006, with Estate of Morton C. Bradley, Arlington, MA [1]

?–2004, with Morton C. Bradley, Jr. (1912–2004), Arlington, MA [2]

unknown dates, William Lansing Hodgman (1854–1936), East Greenwich, RI [3]


[1] Born in Boston, Bradley was head conservator for the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; he also collected European paintings. The Lange painting was in Bradley’s studio at the time of his death in 2004, but was discovered not to belong to him during inventory of his estate. The painting was probably brought to Bradley by a private client for conservation and only acquired as part of his bequest after attempts to locate an owner proved unsuccessful.

[2] Probably brought to Bradley by a private client for conservation.

[3] As inscribed on the label attached to the top rail. Hodgman, president of Title Guarantee Company, was a prominent member of Rhode Island society. Hodgman’s obituary in the New York Times mentions that he spent a year in Germany after graduating from Yale (1876). Hodgman could have purchased the Lange painting at that time (Biographical listing: Thomas Williams Bicknell, History of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. New York: American Historical Society, 1902; obituary: (

Provenance research is ongoing for this and many other items in the Eskenazi Museum of Art permanent collection. For more information about the provenance of this artwork, please contact the department curator with specific questions.

September 20, 2018–March 17, 2019, "Americans Abroad: Landscape and Artistic Exchange, 1800–1920," Tsinghua University Art Museum, Beijing, China (cat. p. 42-43)

September 20–December 21, 2008, "The Grand Tour: Art and Travel, 1740–1914," Special Exhibitions Gallery, Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN

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