Carl Morgenstern comes from a family of Frankfurt artists. Already in his youth, the young Carl Morgenstern received paternal drawing and painting lessons before he became a student of Carl Rottmann in Munich at the age of 21. A stay in Italy from 1834 to 1837 finally aroused his interest in Italian landscapes and numerous sketches were made, which he later executed in the studio. In 1845 he returned to his hometown Frankfurt. This was followed by trips to Switzerland, Holland, France and Venice. He was best known for his Italian landscapes. In 1866 he was appointed professor.