L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Monday, September 1, 2014

Two tableaux by von Menzel

 "Presentation of Rewards in the Lustgarten After the Night Carrousel in 1750", 1853.

I have no idea what is happening in either of these scenes, or if they are based on actual historical events.  (Though they most likely are; recreations of historic pageantry were a stock in trade with von Menzel.)  Some of the participants are certainly in costume: the kneeling figure in the first painting is in a version of Roman military attire, and many of the gentlemen in the second are very fancifully got up.  (Medieval-esque?  Proto-Wagnerian?)  Whatever the specifics, it does appear that some of the revelers are having a rather profitable evening.

"Presentation of Rewards to the Participants of the Festival in 1829", 1854.

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