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ID number:  BIRBI-98.3/2
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Richter, Adrian Ludwig (1803-1884)
Title / Object name:  Rübezhal
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Dresden
Culture:  German
Date made:  1848
Materials:  Etching
Measurements:  Plate: 406 x 250 mm; mount: 630 x 515 mm

This etching depicts one of the legends of Rübezahl, a giant of the Krkonose mountains that divided the historic regions of Bohemia and Silesia. The giant is recognisable by his peasant attire, staff and strong build. He is shown trying to help a lost, frightened woman and her children who have been collecting herbs and are seeking the path out of the forest. A popular illustrator of German folk tales, Richter delighted in using landscape settings and a fairy-tale style, as in his two prints displayed here. Nationalistic in essence, the prints are inspired by Germanic flora and fauna and the medieval revivalism of Romanticism.

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