Die Sage von Pippin und Bertha (Triptychon, Mittelteil)

Die Sage von Pippin und Bertha (Triptychon, Mittelteil)

Artist
Leopold Bode
Dating
1876
More about this artwork
Pepin, king of the Franks, chooses Bertha, the daughter of a count, as his wife. The major-domo, charged with conducting the bride to the king, abandons her in the wilderness and substitutes his own daughter. Out hunting one day, Pepin comes across Bertha, who has been adopted by a miller. He recognises her, his lawful wife, by her feet, which are each of a different size. The king departs for war. When he returns many years later he finds that Bertha is a young mother. She presents him with their son, the future Emperor Charlemagne.
Bode separates the narrative into three parts. On the left, Bertha is watched over by an angel when threatened by a wolf in a dark forest. On the right, the king recognises the supposed miller’s daughter as Bertha while washing her feet. In the centre Pepin once more encounters Bertha, who is carrying the young Charlemagne in her arms. Bode based his treatment of the medieval legend on the version in the epic poem Bertha die Spinnerin (Bertha the Spinner, 1853) by the philologist and poet Karl Simrock.
Inventory Number
11591
Birth year of the artist
1831
Year the artist deceased
1906
Dimensions of the object
111 x 164 cm
Material / Technology / Carrier
Öl auf Leinwand
Genre
Malerei
Department
19. Jahrhundert
Origin
1976 durch Adolf Friedrich Graf von Schack erworben
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Sammlung Schack München
Citation
Leopold Bode, Die Sage von Pippin und Bertha (Triptychon, Mittelteil), 1876, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Sammlung Schack München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/k2xnZ9ExPd (Last updated on 29.11.2019)

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