Gothic Cathedral Behind a Pond with Swans

A work made of pen and brush and brown wash, with brush and brown wash and watercolor, over graphite, on cream wove paper.
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  • A work made of pen and brush and brown wash, with brush and brown wash and watercolor, over graphite, on cream wove paper.

Date:

1810/15

Artist:

Karl Friedrich Schinkel
German, 1781-1841

About this artwork

Faced with a dearth of architectural commissions in French-occupied Berlin after 1806, the architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel produced depictions of imagined architecture. Through these nostalgic concoctions Schinkel championed the Germanic Middle Ages by reviving a Gothic style of architecture over his more customary Neoclassical mode. Taking advantage of national sentiment, he found a market of buyers who longed for images of a simpler time. Schinkel’s own inscription from one of his contemporary lithographs could describe this work: an “attempt to express the lovely nostalgic sadness that fills the heart when the sound of the service emanates from the church.”

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Artist

Karl Friedrich Schinkel

Title

Gothic Cathedral Behind a Pond with Swans

Origin

Germany

Date

1810–1815

Medium

Pen and brush and brown wash, with brush and brown wash and watercolor, over graphite, on cream wove paper

Dimensions

244 x 185 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.1023

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