Friday, April 24, 2009

Nazarene Ruth

Although this too is a 19th century romantic Ruth, it's quite different from that of Francesco Hayez.

It's by the German painter Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794-1872), who was a member of the the Nazarene brotherhood. The artists which belonged to this movement sought their inspiration in the art of the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance and rejected what they called "superficial virtuosity" of later art.

Because of that this painting resembles a two dimensional panel painting of the 15th century. A Nazarene never would have painted a naked Ruth or have followed the oriental fashion of his time.

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