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Philadelphia Museum of Art opens The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints an exhibition on view September 21, 2013 – December 29, 2013.

Prints created by Austrian, German, and Swiss artists included in this exhibition reflect the dramatic shifts in taste in the arts during a time of significant cultural and political transformation throughout the German-speaking regions of Central Europe during the Romantic period. The selection of 125 prints reflects a number of the artistic enthusiasms of the Romantic period, such as the emerging taste for wild, untamed landscapes; for intimate family scenes and friendship portraits; and for recently rediscovered ancient Nordic sagas and age-old fairytales. Offering a broad overview of a vital chapter in the history of European printmaking, The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints will illuminate one of the richest areas of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collections.

On view in the exhibition will be major prints by important artists of the German Romantic era such as Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840); Joseph Anton Koch (1768–1839); Carl Wilhelm Kolbe the Elder (1759–1835); Johann Heinrich Lips (1758–1817); Eugen Napoleon Neureuther (1806–1882); Ferdinand Olivier (1785–1841); Ludwig Richter (1803–1884); Philipp Otto Runge (1777–1810); Johann Gottfried Schadow (1764–1850); and Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841) as well as Ludwig Emil Grimm (1790–1863), the younger brother of the famous Brothers Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm.

Curator: John W. Ittmann, The Kathy and Ted Fernberger Curator of Prints