A noble picture, happily depicting the days of romance and song, when the "Minnesinger" was the guest of castle and cottage. The painter has chosen for his subject the celebrated contest of the "poet-singers," at Warburg Castle, in the year 1207, as told in the somewhat celebrated poem, the "War of the Warburg," one of the earliest dramatic poems of German literature, . . . The poem tells us that six of the most distinguished of the Minnesingers . . . accepted challenges and entered upon the contest before the Landgrave of Thuringia, and his court, who were witnesses of the novel trial of verse and song. . . . The historical persons in the picture are, the Landgrave Herman, and his wife, who observes, with interest, the knight who sings, Henry von Ofterdingen. He sings of love, and obtains the prize, through the favor of the princess, and the influence of his Hungarian friend, Klingsohr, who, as umpire, occupies the place next to the landgrave. . . . In the background is the court-jester, who . . . comments upon some of the courtiers. The rest of the persons in the picture are ladies, knights, and pages belonging to the castle. This whole scene is . . . one of the most charming of modern historico-romantic compositions. The lights and shadows are managed with much skill--giving the whole an air of passion quite in keeping with scene and its character. [Pp. 11-12.]
The Dusseldorf Gallery. Catalogue of Paintings, by Artists of the Dusseldorf Academy of Art, now on exhibition at 548 Broadway, New-York. Season Tickets to the Gallery, fifty cents. Sidney and Russell, Printers, 79 John Street, N.Y.