Alfred Rethel

1816-1859 Germany/Romanticism

 

Brief Biography-Alfred Rethel, a history painter, was born in Aachen and studied at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art from an early age. In 1837, he moved to Frankfurt, where his work eventually won him the task of painting a cycle of frescoes from the life of Charlemagne at the Aachen Town Hall. He first visited Italy in 1844 for stimulus before commencing the frescoes. However, he was unable to complete the project due to an ongoing mental illness. He spent three years in Dresden and revisited Italy, but his illness beset him severely, and he returned to Dresden. Rethel painted watercolours of Hannibal's crossing of the Alps and completed the "Another Dance of Death" woodcut series satirizing the Dresden Revolution before being committed to an asylum in Düsseldorf, where he died in 1859.

 

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The Battle of
Cordoba

The Battle of Cordoba

The Artist's
Mother

The Artist-s Mother

Allegory on
Revolution

Allegory on the Suppression of the Revolutio

The Reconciliation
of Otto the Great

The Reconciliation of Otto the Great with his Brother Henry


Nemesis

Nemesis

Saint
Boniface

Saint Boniface

The Fall of
Irminsul

The fall of Irminsul

Harken Oort
Factory

Harken Oort Factory

Death on the
Barricades

Death on the Barricades