petrusplancius (petrusplancius) wrote,

Gothic Dreams

The great Prussian architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel was also more than proficient as a painter. His most memorable pictures are imaginary portrayals of wonderful, one might almost say archetypal, Gothic Cathedrals in romantic settings, dating from the end of the Napoleonic period. How things had changed from the latter part of the previous century, when a German visitor to England could ask what was the point of the towering spire of Salisbury Cathedral. This painting, in the Neue Pinakothek in Munich, dates from 1813.

From 1815, in Berlin.

Another from the same period.

A real Gothic building designed by Schinkel, Schloss Stolzenfels near Koblenz. He is best remembered, though, for buildings in the style of the Greek Revival.

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