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Siegfried Battles with the Gatekeeper as Alberich Approaches

Object Details

Title:

Siegfried Battles with the Gatekeeper as Alberich Approaches

Artist/Maker:

Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (German, 1794 - 1872)

Culture:

German

Place:

Germany (Place Created)

Date:

1865

Medium:

Black ink and graphite on buff-colored paper

Object Number:

2009.72

Dimensions:

20.1 × 13.5 cm (7 15/16 × 5 5/16 in.)

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Object Description

This design was made in preparation for an illustration of the Nibelungenlied(Song of the Nibelungs), a medieval epic poem that gained prominence in the mid-1800s with the rise of German nationalism. Siegfried, a legendary, dragon-slaying hero, has reached the land of the Nibelungs by boat, visible at the base of the cliff. Here he is shown fighting his way into a fortress, where he will seize a treasure.

Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld's composition frames the text field on two sides and cleverly allows the narrative to unfold in time and space.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Spirit of an Age: Drawings from the Germanic World, 1770-1900 (March 29 to June 19, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 29 to June 19, 2011
Zeitgeist: Art from the Germanic World, 1800-1900 (February 10 to May 17, 2015)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 10 to May 17, 2015
Reading Between the Lines: Drawing Illustrations (June 4 to September 15, 2019)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 4 to September 15, 2019