Hero und Leander
Moritz von Schwind (1804-1871)

Hero und Leander,

1863
Material / Technology / Carrier
Öl auf Leinwand
Dimensions of the object
107,1 x 60,5 cm
Department
19. Jahrhundert
Genre
Malerei
Inventory number
11575
Acquisition
1863 durch Adolf Friedrich Graf von Schack erworben
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Sammlung Schack München
Citation
Moritz von Schwind, Hero und Leander, 1863, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Sammlung Schack München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/y7GE1mOGPV (Last updated on 29.11.2019)
The tragic tale of the lovers Hero and Leander has been told and retold countless times since classical antiquity. Guided by a light from his beloved¿s tower, Leander swam across the Hellespont every night to visit her. One night the flame was extinguished by a storm and Leander drowned. When Hero saw his body washed ashore she threw herself into the sea in despair. Schiller made the story the subject of a poem, while the Austrian playwright Franz Grillparzer turned it into the tragedy Des Meeres und der Liebe Wellen (The Waves of Sea and of Love).

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