Bingham (19th Century)

Charlemagnes Trip To The Holy Land



This painting is the work of an artist, presumably active in England in the second half of the 19th century. It is a decent interpretation of a poem by the German poet Ludwig Uhland (1787-1808), who described Charlemagne’s passage to the Holy Land in fourteen verses. The scenery presented here depicts the King and his twelve companions crowded together in their boat and surprised by the worst storm. The painting has a stage-like character and captivates through the convincing reproduction of the poem?s protagonists. The overall composition reveals an academic brushwork and is deeply related to English painting of the late 19th century.