Age of Sentimentalism

Art around 1800

This part of the exhibition presents the artistic development around 1800, the room comprises paintings as well as furnishing and decorative artwork. The artists Anton Graff and Heinrich Füger represent the noble reserve and theatrical staging of classical motifs like antique landscapes, historical paintings and portraits of those days.

This compares with the gently painted portraits created by Christian Leberecht Vogel showing a ‚sentimental‘ attitude cultivated at the court of the Earls of Solms-Wildenfels and others. Freedom of thought, genuine altruism and friendliness were considered as most important virtues – also in the sense of Enlightenment. The gentle face of the young Earl Friedrich Magnus III. does not only reveal a new perception of children but also demonstrates a perspective of art which is emotive, sentimental and deeply religious.

Landscape painting is increasingly focusing on natural sceneries to be found in the artists homeland. The artists shown by the museum like Johann Christian Klengel and Johann Gottlob Samuel Stamm from Dresden – both representatives of Romanticism – atmospherically picture their subjectively experienced understanding of nature.