By: Jacob Hawthorne
Gallery: Schmidt Fine Art Gallery
Never before has the River Tiber been captured quite like this. The River Tiber in Rome from Schmidt Fine Art Gallery places this historic European river on art on canvas like never before. The wide-shot landscapedigital print is available on canvas in all sizes and formats.
The awe-inspiring Italian architecture of the bridges, buildings and walls intensifies the majestic blue of the River Tiber and the lush greenery surrounding the city. Throughout antiquity, the empire of Rome was famed for their road building and bridge building, and to this day, some of Rome’s earliest roads and bridges remain intact, while the modern roads and bridges sparkle with the brilliance of human ingenuity.
Twisting towards the southern part of Italy, cutting through natural landscapes of scenic gorges and expansive valleys, the River Tiber flows through the Italian city of Rome and deposits into the Tyrrhenian Sea of the Mediterranean. The high stone banks along the sides of the river serve to protect the city from the River Tiber’s temperamental nature; often rising quickly and causing mass flooding, the River Tiber reminds Roman citizens that it is a force to be reckoned with. Stretching approximately 252 miles, the Tiber River holds the title as the second longest river in Italy, behind the Italian river of Po.
According to Roman legend, the Tiber River was the supposed location for where newborn Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were set to be drowned. The river served a crucial role for ancient Rome, which was able to spur its economy through the dispatch of merchant ships as well as Romann traders being able to bring materials and provisions to the capital.
At the peak of its power, the Roman Empire was known to be one of the largest and wealthiest empires ever seen up until that time. The Roman empire existed for nearly 1,000 years, truly an extraordinary amount of time; yet, this megalithic empire started from very humble beginnings. Many historians agree that Rome was founded as a collection of early settlements nearby on the seven hills surrounding the River Tiber in Italy. This was around 753 BCE.
Because of Rome’s central location right in the middle of the Italian peninsula, the outlying towns joined together to form the city of Rome. Over time, the city became big enough and in 509 BCE, the Roman republic was formed. Casting the city into the center of all politics and diplomacy, Rome began to contend with other large empires looming in the distance like the European empires of Great Britain and Spain, as well as the North African empires of Egypt and the Southwest Asian empires of the Mongols and the Chinese. Rome truly lived through a tumultuous time in human history, as we learned how to grow civilizations and empires. During the Punic Wars in the 3rd century BCE, Ostia became a naval base and was vital for naval battles. Besides the military conquests of Rome, many of the other conquests were cultural, electing to expand their territories and influence, rather than burn down whatever lay in its path. Thus the expression: “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”.
The waterways came from the surrounding seven hills of Rome, which are regarded to be one of their greatest topographical advantages, and one of the major reasons for the expansion of the Roman empire. Not only do they provide beautiful natural landscapes, the hills and mountains of Rome act as a blockade from foreign invasion.
It’s from the high peaks towering over Rome that the mighty waters of the River Tiber cascade towards the city. These waterways provided Rome with the necessary beginnings for irrigation and agriculture; and due to the region’s mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers, the climate to grow crops in the area was ideal, allowing Rome to develop a strong agricultural base. Rome was able to grow wheat, grapes and olives, for what they are still known for today.
The city of Rome uncovered the Tiber River’s economic and commercial advantage in the 3rd century BC, when Ostia was made a naval base during the Punic Wars, and then later it became a commercial market for Mediterranean wheat, oil, and wine. Who doesn’t love a nice Italian red?
Whether you are an aspiring photographer or an art collector in search of inspiring works to fill your home, Schmidt Fine Art Gallery is here to service you. We are a gallery for the artist by the artist. Our mission is to serve as the place for artists to simply sell art, without the overburdening of promotion, marketing and running a start-up business. We are committed to producing high-quality, museum grade products and timeless works of art on canvas or digital that can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Schmidt Gallery was founded by Kurt Schmidt with the vision to establish a photo-centric gallery in the heart of Montgomery county, Texas. Although it is all run online at the moment, Schmidt Gallery has dreams of opening up a brick and mortar gallery in The Woodlands just north of Houston. Schmidt Fine Art Gallery was founded in March 2020 as a startup funded by All ARK LLC.