Italy lies in the state of Hesse. Philipp Veit's evening view across the plain towards the Taunus is bathed in a light which - together with the central group of poplars and the mountain range swathed in a bluish mist - evokes the South and makes us think of Italy. This is the only surviving landscape by Veit, who lived in Rome for several years from 1815 on. A member of the Nazarene School, Veit became famous for his large-format works with religious and historic content. He was also important as an art historian and served as the director of the Städel from 1830 until 1843.