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
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Siegfried Battles with the Gatekeeper as Alberich Approaches
Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (German, 1794 - 1872)
Germany (Place created)
Black ink and graphite
20.1 x 13.5 cm (7 15/16 x 5 5/16 in.)
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.