Sign in to favourite Sign in to add to album Geographical notes close Places are defined in terms of modern geography. Copyright Information close This artwork is in public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. If you are a copyright owner of this artwork, or his/hers legal representative, and you do not agree that this artwork is public domain, please let us know firstname.lastname@example.org WikiArt.org allows unlimited copying, distributing and displaying of the images of public domain artworks. Artworks protected by copyright are supposed to be used only for contemplation. Images of that type of artworks are prohibited for copying, printing, or any kind of reproducing and communicating to public since these activities may be considered copyright infringement. Public domain ← → Two Men Contemplating the Moon Caspar David Friedrich Date: c.1825 - c.1830 Style: Romanticism Genre: genre painting Media: oil, canvas Dimensions: 43.8 x 34.9 cm Location: Galerie Neue Meister, Dresden, Germany, Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met), New York City, NY, US Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two_Men_Contemplating_the_Moon References: www.metmuseum.org www.metmuseum.org Order an oil painting reproduction Ad Image dimension 650x518px, View all sizes This is the third version of one of Friedrich's most famous paintings, of which the first (1819) is in the Gemäldegalerie, Dresden, and the second (ca. 1824) is in the Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin. The two men contemplating the sinking moon have been identified as Friedrich himself, on the right, and his talented young colleague August Heinrich (1794–1822). The mood of pious contemplation relates to fascination with the moon as expressed in contemporary poetry, literature, philosophy, and music. Both figures are seen from the back so that the viewer can participate in their communion with nature, which the Romantics saw as a manifestation of the Sublime. Although the landscape is imaginary, it is based on studies after nature that Friedrich had made in various regions at different times. Both men wear Old German dress, which had been adopted in 1815 by radical students as an expression of opposition to the ultraconservative policies then being enforced in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars. The staunchly patriotic Friedrich deliberately ignored the 1819 royal decree forbidding this practice and depicted figures in traditional costume until his death. Caspar David Friedrich Famous works Landscape with rainbow Caspar David Friedrich · 1810 Chalk Cliffs on Rügen Caspar David Friedrich · 1818 The wanderer above the sea of fog Caspar David Friedrich · 1818 The Tree of Crows Caspar David Friedrich · 1822 Two Men Contemplating the Moon Caspar David Friedrich · 1825 - 1830 The stages of life Caspar David Friedrich · 1835 View all 126 artworks Related Artworks Model Class at the Copenhagen Academy Christian August Lorentzen The Lesson of the Nightingale Philipp Otto Runge March of the Goths Arnold Böcklin Autumn thoughts Arnold Böcklin Entrance to the Port of Copenhagen Johan Christian Dahl Gewitterstimmung bei Dresden Johan Christian Dahl Shipwreck on the Coast of Norway Johan Christian Dahl Eruption of Vesuvius Johan Christian Dahl Der Watzmann Johan Christian Dahl Megalith Grave in Winter Johan Christian Dahl View of Fortundalen Johan Christian Dahl Lyshornet bei Bergen Johan Christian Dahl The Island Trænen in Nordland Knud Baade Boats on the Beach Near Naples Johan Christian Dahl Avaldsnes church Johan Christian Dahl Frogner Manor Johan Christian Dahl Stalheim Johan Christian Dahl Holmestrand Johan Christian Dahl Portrait of Alexander Michelis Arnold Böcklin Frederiksborg Castle Johan Christian Dahl 1 Load more Advertisement.