Baptism in Lucerne January 23, 1749.
Died in Lucerne May 28, 1824.
Costumes of Unterwalden
18th Century Handcolored Engraving
Courtship between an alpine shepherdess and a handsome pipe-smoking “Senn” or alpine farmer.
The well-known 18th Century Swiss artist Joseph Reinhardt was a successful Lucerne portraitist and religious painter who also produced a famous series of outstanding engravings onSwiss folkloric themes.
As a young man, Reinhardt studied in Italy (in Lucca and in Rome) where after his money ran out, he also worked for a time as one of the Swiss Guards at the Vatican.
After returning to Luzern, he earned a living painting religious works, including several large altarpieces. Gradually he also began to gain reputation as a portraitist.
Between 1796 and 1802 Reinhardt traveled through Switzerland to document national costumes for his famous major cycle of prints on Swiss peasants.