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The Spirit of Culmin Appears to his Mother (From the Songs of Ossian)
  • The Spirit of Culmin Appears to his Mother (From the Songs of Ossian)

    TitleThe Spirit of Culmin Appears to his Mother (From the Songs of Ossian)
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 63 x 78 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 76 x 92 x 5 cm
  • DatingMade 1794
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Nicolai Abraham Abildgaard, Danish, born 1743, dead 1809
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 4471
  • AcquisitionPurchase 1948
  • Description
    Artist/Maker
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    Sergel’s melancholic Danish friend Nicolas Abraham Abildgaard was, like Füssli, influenced by literature. The inspiration here comes from The Poems of Ossian by the Scot James Macpherson about the warlike life of the hero Fingal. The work depicts the ghost of his fallen enemy Culmin and his shield, borne by a whirlwind, appearing to his mother and his howling dogs. Here Abildgaard contrasts this wild and terrifying encounter with sublime beauty.