In 1874 Janez Šubic set off with his friend, the Czech painter Vojtěch Hynais, on a journey to Italy – via Ferrara, Bologna and Florence to Rome (where in 1895 he also studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti). Along the way, Šubic produced several landscape studies in oils. These works, which are characterised by impulsive brushwork, are among the earliest Slovene plein air
This was the age of the so-called grand tour, when enthusiasm for the art of classical antiquity was at its height and people travelled in large numbers to Rome to discover it. It is no coincidence, then, that Šubic should have included a classical torso in his landscape.