09 Works, Today, May 8th. is Anton von Werner’s day, his story, illustrated with footnotes #127

Werner, Anton von
Katon to the victory memorial frieze, c. 1873

Oil on canvas
3.93 x 23.45 m
Berlin Museum

The Franco-Prussian War or Franco-German War, often referred to in France as the War of 1870, was a conflict between the Second French Empire (and later, the Third French Republic) and the German states of the North German Confederation led by the Kingdom of Prussia.

France was to suffer the greatest humiliation since the defeat of the Emperor Napoleon the Great at Waterloo on June 18, 1815. This time, the hero’s nephew from Jena and Wagram was defeated! It wasn’t enough to bear the surname “Bonaparte” to defeat the Prussians!

Here, the son of Frederick William III, took revenge for the defeat of Prussia in 1807. He was then 10 years old. He did not forget the humiliation and affronts his parent suffered. In a dozen or so days the Prussian ring tightened around Paris. More on this painting

Anton Alexander von Werner (9 May 1843–4 January 1915) was a German painter known for his history paintings of notable political and military events in the Kingdom of Prussia. One of the most famous painters of his time, he is regarded a main protagonist of the Wilhelmine Period…

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Author: zaidangallery

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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