König Krokus und die Waldnymphe
Moritz von Schwind (1804-1871)

König Krokus und die Waldnymphe,

um 1855/60
Material / Technology / Carrier
Öl auf Leinwand
Dimensions of the object
78,7 x 45,5 cm
19. Jahrhundert
Inventory number
1869 durch Adolf Friedrich Graf von Schack erworben
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Sammlung Schack München
Moritz von Schwind, König Krokus und die Waldnymphe, um 1855/60, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Sammlung Schack München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/wq4jEDQGWo (Last updated on 19.06.2023)
In his Volksmärchen der Deutschen (Fairytales of the Germans) Johann Karl August Musäus tells the story of Crocus, a squire in the service of Duke Czech. Crocus fell in love with a nymph in the forests of Bohemia and saved the tree where she lived from destruction by the duke¿s troops. Crocus had three daughters by the nymph, the youngest of whom, called Libussa, founded the city of Prague. Two German-speaking authors based works on these legendary events from early Czech history: Clemens Brentano, in Die Gründung Prags (The Foundation of Prague), and Franz Grillparzer, in Libussa. Later, the Czech composer Bed¿ich Smetana wrote an opera on the subject.