Schloss Milkel in Moonlight

Carl Gustav Carus German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 807

The Baroque manor house at Milkel, near Dresden, is depicted from its rear garden in an atmosphere of deep calm. While nature’s fecundity is illuminated by the moon, two windows glow softly, revealing a human presence—the sign of someone awake late at night. Carus wrote that "supreme reality is manifest both inwardly, through the rational mind, and outwardly, through nature," a duality represented in this painting by lamplight and moonlight.

Schloss Milkel in Moonlight, Carl Gustav Carus (German, Leipzig 1789–1869 Dresden), Oil on canvas

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