Painting is the creation of life in all its manifestations. Hundreds of years of world culture gave us countless brilliant masterpieces. And as you may have guessed, a lot of famous artists portrayed in his paintings, chess images, the task of which was to convey a special meaning intended by the author. We offer our readers will be familiar with these masterpieces in this section of the site and try to understand the meaning he wanted to convey to us the author.
One of these masterpieces can rightly be considered the work of the representative of the famous German dynasty of artists Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein ” Conradin of Swabia and Frederick of Baden Being Informed of Their Execution in Prison in Naples”. Seeing this picture for the first time, immediately put on guard by the name. But don’t worry, actually everything has a logical explanation. And in this picture it is quite simple because the plot is the poem of Bodmer “Conradin of Swabia”. Conradin (Conrad) Swabian (1252-1268) – the Duke, the last Scion of the house of Hohenstaufen, who after the defeat in the battle of Tagliacozzo (Italy) was taken prisoner by Charles of Anjou and beheaded in 1268, in Naples together with a childhood friend Friedrich of Baden. Tischbein for a long time lived in Italy, decides historical episode, rather arbitrarily, using direct borrowing from ancient heritage. Features Conrad reminiscent of the Apollo Belvedere. The judge reads the verdict, has similarities with the image of the Roman Emperor Vitellius. On the characters, the main characters, clothing, reminiscent of the antique. Favorite classic scheme, the author seeks to revive the genre parts, one of which, I believe, is chess. I think the artist has depicted chess to pass a relaxed atmosphere. Like the main characters read out the death sentence, and they quietly playing chess.
We offer our readers a look at this masterpiece, which will be posted after this article, and to Express an opinion about this picture in the comments.
At the moment this picture is in the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg (one of the largest museums in Russia).
The painting was created in Germany, 1785. Painted on canvas size 65.5 x 91,5 cm oil.
Author Yulia Semenova
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