Winter Landscape

Friedrich combined landscape motifs with religious symbolism, and this picture represents the hope for salvation through the Christian faith. In the foreground a crippled man has abandoned his crutches and sits against a rock with his hands raised in prayer before a crucifix. The rocks and evergreen trees may be interpreted as symbols of faith, and the visionary Gothic cathedral emerging from the mist evokes the promise of life after death.

There is a second version of this picture in the Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Dortmund.

Key facts

Artist dates
1774 - 1840
Full title
Winter Landscape
Date made
probably 1811
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
32.5 x 45 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1987
Inventory number
Location in Gallery