Rudolf Von Alt
Born in Vienna in 1812, Rudolf von Alt began his artistic career at a young age, first assisting his father, the lithographer Jakob Alt. Starting at age 11, alongside his brother Franz, Rudolf watercolored his father’s prints. He entered the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts in 1826 while continuing to work with his father. In 1828, they hiked through present-day Germany and Northern Italy. Their stint in Venice, specifically, inspired Rudolf to begin painting architecture.Their work on this trip gained the attention of Archduke (later Emperor) Ferdinand of Austria; in 1833, Ferdinand commissioned the pair for a series of countryside and village landscapes across the Austro-Hungarian empire that they worked on for 11 years.