Thursday, October 15, 2009

Hussite Sermon

Hussite Sermon (1836) by the German romantic painter Carl Friedrich Lessing (1808-80).

Lessing depicts here the revolutionary Hussites as an idealized example. They are demanding a reform of the Catholic Church and of the feudal society. Disguised as a history painting it’s an explicit critic of German society during the restoration after Napoleonic wars, a prelude to the Revolution of 1948.

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