J. M. W. Turner - The Opening of the Wallhalla 1842

The Opening of the Wallhalla 1842
The Opening of the Wallhalla
1842 112x200cm oil/mahogany
Tate Britain

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From Tate Britain:
Between 1817 and 1844, Turner made seven tours of Germany. In Turner’s time, Germany consisted of many different states, formed as the German Confederation in 1814 after the fall of Napoleon, who had ruled since 1806. This painting commemorates the 1842 opening of the Walhalla temple (‘Wallhalla’ in Turner’s spelling), a classical building overlooking the river Danube, constructed under the auspices of king Ludwig I of Bavaria as a symbol of national unity and a monument to great Germans of the past.