1800-1848
Industrial Revolution I

Friedrich's Abbey among Oak Trees


Caspar David Friedrich, Abbey among Oak Trees, 1809 or 1810, oil on canvas, 110.4 x 171 cm (Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin)

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Thomas Jordansson wrote on Sunday, December 09, 2012

Is it possible that Friedrich is using the ruins of Gothic cathedrals in the same sense artists like Poussin used the ruins of antiquity? In a senes to uphold the norms of a more noble time. Or maybe can you draw the conclution that by using gothic ruins He is calling for a search of lost spiruallity rather then a lost search of symmetry and proportion?

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