Gothic Church Behind an Oak Grove with Tombs

A work made of lithograph in black, with white heightening, on brown wove paper.
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  • A work made of lithograph in black, with white heightening, on brown wove paper.

Date:

1810

Artist:

Karl Friedrich Schinkel
German, 1781-1841

About this artwork

Architect, painter, and printmaker Karl Friedrich Schinkel understood Gothic architecture as a fusion between universal Christianity and German genius. The combination here of vernacular Gothic architecture and a grand oak tree symbolizing Teutonic strength—as well as the medium of lithography itself, which had recently been invented in Munich by Alois Senefelder—infuses the print with a particularly nationalistic significance. This patriotism is all the more pointed given Germany’s military defeat at the hands of Napoleon’s army in 1806 and the subsequent occupation of Schinkel’s home of Berlin by French troops.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Karl Friedrich Schinkel

Title

Gothic Church Behind an Oak Grove with Tombs

Origin

Germany

Date

1810

Medium

Lithograph in black, with white heightening, on brown wove paper

Inscriptions

Inscribed and signed recto lover edge, in stone: “Versuch die liebliche sehnsuchtsvolle Wehmuth auszudrucken welche das Herz beim Klange des Gottesdienstes aus der Kirche herschallend erfüllt, auf Stein gezeichnet von Schinkel.”

Dimensions

482 x 342 mm (image/plate); 523 x 382 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Harold Joachim Endowment

Reference Number

1997.422

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