Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog (2/9)

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German artist Caspar David Friedrich painted this work in 1818. In many ways, it’s a perfect example of Romanticism. This artistic and literary movement glorified the beauty and mystery of nature in response to a growing preoccupation with rationality that grew out of the Enlightenment period. Art interpreters have not exactly reached a consensus about the meaning of painting. Some say that it depicts Friedrich himself; others proclaim that it’s an ode to a certain military figure. In terms of the painting’s larger significance, perhaps it contrasts nature’s undeniable strength with the relative meekness of mankind, or perhaps it exalts human power by showing a figure that has climbed and conquered the cliff. (Image courtesy of WikiImages via pixabay)

Written by Megan Pontin

Enthusiastic word-collector, avid pancake-consumer, and experienced hammock-lounger. Student at Cornell University.

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