Famous Artists, Notes on German Culture

“Winterlandschaft” (Winter Landscape), by Romantic Era painter Caspar David Friedrich.

This image dates back to 1811 and is entitled “Winterlandschaft” (Winter Landscape), by Romantic Era painter Caspar David Friedrich.


The painting contains details that are hard to see unless you are looking at the actual print or click on it to see a large version. In the foreground a crippled man has abandoned his crutches and sits against a rock with his hands raised in prayer before a crucifix. The rocks and evergreen trees may be interpreted as symbols of faith, and the Gothic cathedral emerging from the mist evokes the promise of life after death. The image represents hope for salvation through the Christian faith.

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