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The six paintings by Carl Gustav Carus in the exhibition prove him a passionate moonwatcher. Moonlight landscapes by Ernst Ferdinand Oehme and Christian Friedrich Gille demonstrate the centrality of this subject in Dresden during the romantic period.
“Two Men Contemplating the Moon” is a key work in the Caspar David Friedrich’s oeuvre. The moon appears as a vanishing point of dreamy oblivion, while the painting simultaneously turns against the conservative forces of the period.