|"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.|