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ID number:  BIRBI-98.3/1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Richter, Adrian Ludwig (1803-1884)
Title / Object name:  Genoveva
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Dresden
Culture:  German
Date made:  1848
Materials:  Etching
Measurements:  Plate: 420 x 250 mm; mount: 630 x 515 mm
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This tender portrayal of a mother and child is based on an 8th-century folk tale that was popularised during the 19th century by Romantic authors and composers. Condemned and abandoned by her husband, Genoveva and her child found sanctuary in the forest. They are attended by a white doe. The heavenly light streaming through the gnarled oak trees symbolises her inherent virtue and innocence. Richter endows this print and its companion with a magical aura, focusing on the miraculous nourishing qualities of nature.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Inscriptions, sale stamps &c: 98.3/1, printed inscr. in upper border: GENOVEVA; printed inscr., lower border: Der Saechsische Kunstverein seinen Mitgledern fur das Jahr 1848; l.: L. RICHTER INV.U.SCULP

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