The Vienna Galleries; Giving a Brief History of the Public and Private Galleries of Vienna, with a Critical Description of the Paintings Therein Conta

The Vienna Galleries; Giving a Brief History of the Public and Private Galleries of Vienna, with a Critical Description of the Paintings Therein Conta

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...of the Habsburgs. They are painted by Karl Ritter von Blaas. Only one small picture is worthy of special attention here. This is a picture by Moriz Ritter von Schwind, one of the greatest of the German artists of the middle of the century. It represents "Emperor Max on the Martinswand" (No. 364). On the right, at the extreme edge of a steep cliff kneels the Emperor, with hands folded as he receives the benediction from a priest who stands in the valley below and elevates the Host. A multitude witnesses the solemn ceremony. It is well painted, finely drawn, and the colour is of a fine fluency through the magic mist of atmosphere. Schwind was the healthiest, most warm-hearted of the idealists, who sought a substantial substratum of real life in his poetic imagery. His influence was all for good; but speedily overcome and diluted by that strong current of anecdotal painting that swept from Dusseldorf over all Germany, Uhland, Morike, Auerbach, the great romancers, became the idols and inspirers of the graphic arts. And only Munich, although carried away by the popular clamour, elevated the spirit of painting slightly by making its anecdotes historical. In Cabinet VIII we find Alexander Calame's painting. It is a scene at the lake of Geneva, in the usual style of this Swiss artist. The "Entry of Duke Leopold in Vienna after his Crusade of 1219" (No. 277) is a slickly painted, historical scene by Josef Ritter von Trenkwald. His " Studyhead of a Roman Lady" (No. 277a) is painted with greater freedom. The "Fight of Tritons" (No. 280), by Benes Kniipfer, a Bohemian artist, is a fine performance. We find here further a fulllength, life-sized figure, a lady dressed in white and yellow, playing a lute, in an evening...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
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  • English
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  • 1236523881
  • 9781236523884