Wieland der Schmied
Moritz von Schwind (1804-1871)

Wieland der Schmied,

Material / Technology / Carrier
Öl auf Eichenholz
Dimensions of the object
53,3 x 38,8 cm
19. Jahrhundert
Inventory number
1863 durch Adolf Friedrich Graf von Schack erworben
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Sammlung Schack München
Moritz von Schwind, Wieland der Schmied, 1850, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Sammlung Schack München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/k2xnZDgxPd (Last updated on 19.06.2023)
The subject of this painting comes from a medieval German epic poem beloved of the Romantics. The poem tells how the skilful smith Wieland was held captive by King Nidung, who ordered his tendons to be cut to prevent him fleeing. Schwind shows the king¿s daughter covertly visiting Wieland to give him a bracelet for repair. The smith takes advantage of the situation to exact revenge. He rapes the princess and leaves her with child, before escaping with the aid of wings he has made secretly.

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