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ID number:  BIRBI-2003.5
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Scheuren, Caspar Johann Nepomuk (1818-1887)
Title / Object name:  The Castle by the Sea
Object type:  Watercolour
Place made:  Düsseldorf
Culture:  German
Date made:  1858
Materials:  Watercolour over pen and pencil, partly heightened with white and gold
Measurements:  472 x 605 mm

This depiction of Ludwig Uhland’s poem of the same name creates an atmosphere of melancholy and nostalgia typical of Romantic art. The king and queen, dressed in black in the middle frame, are shown mourning the loss of their daughter, who would serenade travelers to the gothic castle with music. The tombs of all three characters, depicted in the right and left lower sections, prompt the viewer to consider the inevitability of death.

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