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Loreley

Loreley (Aquarell 1817) © akg-images
  • William Turner - Standort 16: Loreley
  • (1) (2) The Lorelei, Drawn Travelling Downstream towards It; (3) ?The Lorelei; (4) Storm over the Hills at Peterspay; (5) The Marxburg and Braubach Church from the Rhine 1817 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

Footpath in the direction of Oberwesel, looking towards the Lorelei

The watercolour shows the Lorelei rock again from a different perspective. This time Turner looks upstream in the direction of Oberwesel and shows only part of the Lorelei rock. By doing so, Turner leaves it to the viewer to imagine the true scale and grandeur of the Lorelei – an artistic device that he used many times in his works. On the left of the painting we see the towpath with several people on it. This is the same path Turner walks along to reach Bingen. On the right bank of the Rhine travellers were forced to take the route over the hills.

Aquarell, 1817
Medium: Wasser- und Deckfarbe auf grau laviertem Papier
Größe: 191 x 302 mm
Sammlung: Privatsammlung
Referenz: Wilton 685