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Predjama Castle in Krein, Twelve Hours from Trieste

A work made of lithograph in black on tan wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of lithograph in black on tan wove paper.




Karl Friedrich Schinkel (German, 1781-1841)
printed by Friedrich Klinsmann (German, active 1814-c. 1816)

About this artwork

Karl Friedrich Schinkel composed this scene through precise penwork rather than with a lithographic crayon, the mark-making tool that predominated later in the century. In short staccato flicks and long, undulating strokes of lithographic ink, Schinkel’s technique here conveys the textures of trees, rock, and masonry. These fine details reflect the artist’s method of drafting outdoors, which is noted in the inscription at right beneath the image. The contrast between the dark fluidity of Schinkel’s lines and the warm tone of the paper captures the subtle but dramatic play of light and shadow across the medieval architecture and the rock faces of the mountain.


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Karl Friedrich Schinkel


Predjama Castle in Krein, Twelve Hours from Trieste


Germany (Artist's nationality)

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Lithograph in black on tan wove paper


Image: 38.4 × 31.3 cm (15 1/8 × 12 3/8 in.); Sheet: 45.3 × 36 cm (17 7/8 × 14 3/16 in.)

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Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

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