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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Exorcizing Lorelei (Johann Köler)

Johann Köler: Lorelei needmine munkade poolt
(Lorelei of the Monks)
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A splendid painting with a crazy message (crazy in the best sense of the word): it offers for the legend told by Heine an outcome (as weird as it can be) - some monks come at the end of the day to exorcise the young maiden , to chase any demons away, and probably reopen the rapid of Rhine for navigation.

Johann Köler was an Estonian artist, a promoter of the Estonian national awakening from the second half of 19th century.

(Old Masters)



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