An evocation of a poem by Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862) which tells of a legendary castle, depicted in the centre of the painting, which reaches up towards the sky and down to the sea.

It is inhabited by a king and queen and their musical daughter, whose premature death forms the focus of the poem's lament. The castle and characters are surrounded by an architectural framework, in which the seperate compartments serve to isolate episodes of the unfolding narrative.


The Kristiana Kunstforenings until 1858-60; by lottery win to Robert Sinclair; Kristiana Kunstforenings; auction 2002; Donald Tumasouis; Emanuel von Baeyer.

Barber Institute of Fine Arts

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B15 2TS
0121 414 7333

Opening times

Weekdays, 10am - 5pm
Weekends, 11am - 5pm

1st January, Good Friday, 24-26th December: Closed.

Exhibitions at Barber Institute of Fine Arts

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