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King Lear and Cordelia, (painting)

Artist:
Hildebrandt
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 20
. . . The scene here chosen for representation is in Act IV, Scene 7, where the old king says to the tearful Cordelia:--"You do me wrong to take me out o' the grave;/ thou art a soul in bliss, but I am bound upon a wheel of fire,/ That mine own tears do scald like molten lead." The artist's aim has been to represent the filial love of Cordelia, who, although disinherited and disowned by her father, clings to him; . . . Upon the King's waking up from one of his fits, Cordelia speaks to him, full of love and humility, and he looks upon her as a spirit from the other world. King Lear, starting up in great trepidation, stretches his right hand toward Cordelia, still hesitating to touch her, while his left is pressed convulsively upon his heart. Cordelia bends down toward him with compressed hands. Behind the King's chair his Physician seems to observe with great care his condition. These three figures in full light, constitute the chief attraction of the picture. At some distance from Cordelia stands the faithful Earl of Kent, in the habit of a servitor and messenger; he rests both his hands upon his battle-axe, and unconsciously crumpling his baret, looks anxiously at the scene before him. The whole is delivered with power, and a wonderful appreciation of the characters and circumstances of the poet's creation. The draperies and background are inexpressibly fine. [P. 17.]
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.
Artist nationality: Dusseldorf School.
Topic:
Literature--Shakespeare--King Lear
Figure group
State of Being--Illness--Insanity
Control number:
AECI 01550020
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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