About this artwork
Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld’s Nibelungen’s End—the Death of Kriemhild is one of several studies for an extensive fresco cycle for King Ludwig I of Bavaria’s Royal Palace in Munich. Ludwig’s prominent commission had a nationalistic bent and revived medieval German historical literature. The medieval Nibelungen poem centered on a female character, in this case the powerfully vengeful Kriemhild, and was adapted into an opera. Indeed, Richard Wagner started his Ring Cycle in 1848, three years after the date of this dramatic drawing.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld
- The Nibelungen's End - The Death of Kriemhild
- Graphite and brush and brown washes on tan laid paper, with added strip of tan wove paper at top (restoration), laid down on brown wove paper
- Signed with monogram recto, lower left, in brush and brown wash: "JS" [encircled]; inscribed recto, lower center on mount, in pen and brown ink: "‘Der Nibelungen Ende:’ den Nilfsbedürftigen Bindern / in Gert"; lower right on mount, in pen and brown ink: "Julius Schnorr. / Dresden im Marz 1862"
- 504 × 638 mm (primary support); 620 × 685 mm (secondary support)
- Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection