Illustration to the Work by Friedrich Schiller

Artur Grottger

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Basic information
Artur Grottger
Illustration to the Work by Friedrich Schiller
Date of creation
c.1856 (?)
paper pencil watercolor
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
50.3 x 44
Information about author
Artur Grottger
Artist's lifetime
Artur Grottger was born in 1837 in the village of Otynevychi in the Lviv region (former Ottyniowice, Eastern Galicia). He studied at the Lviv School of Painting of Jan Maszkowski, and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and Vienna (1852–1858). He is a leading representative of Polish Romanticism. He is known as a painter, periodical illustrator, graphic artist, and watercolorist. He is the author of six patriotic art cycles regarding the January Uprising against the Russian occupation of Poland of 1863, portraits, and local history materials. Artur Grottger died after a serious illness in Amélie-les-Bains, France, in 1867. He was buried in the Lychakiv Cemetery in Lviv (field No.95).
Object description
This is a multi-figure composition with 13 characters depicted against the background of architectural elements, in particular of arches twined with vine. In the foreground at the bottom of the work, there is a young couple shown in traditional German clothing; a girl is wearing a long dress; a braid frames her head. A man is depicted with a sharp beard and shoulder-length hair. He is holding a long and narrow stringed musical instrument. To the couple’s right there is a group of five people; a male figure in a protective knight's helmet, short cloak, and a sword on his left thigh is standing out from the crowd. Near the knight there is the figure of a girl with loose hair; she is wearing a white dress. The girl is depicted kneeling with her arms folded in front of her in a pleading posture. In the right part of the composition there is the figure of a young woman with a child in her arms; on the doorstep, she is meeting a knight, who is wearing a protective helmet and a shield on his back. Three girlish figures (Graces?) are depicted in the upper part of the work; they are dressed in antique dresses. The images are depicted weaving a flower garland.