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February 14, 2019


#Valentine’s Day 2019

by NancyElin


Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs (1864)

  1. …is a painting in the National Gallery of Ireland
  2. …by Irish artist Frederic William Burton (1816-1900).
  3. Based on a medieval Danish ballad about the ill-starred love between
  4. Hellelil and her bodyguard, Hildebrand,
  5. …it features the lovers sharing a fleeting moment of intimacy.
  6. Things don’t go well for them.
  7. When her father discovers their attachment he orders
  8. ..that her seven brothers should kill Hildebrand.
  9. But the bodyguard turns out to be a formidable adversary.
  10. He has killed  six of the brothers and Hellelil’s father.
  11. Hellelil  intervenes to save the life of her surviving sibling.
  12. Hildebrand succumbs to his wounds and
  13. …she decides she cannot live without him.
  14. #Breathtaking
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  1. Feb 24 2019

    Lovely! I’ve never seen this painting before & enjoyed finding out the background to it.

    • Feb 25 2019

      Carol, this painting took my breath away! Usually love is in the eyes of the man and women….but Burton concentrated on an aspect we often overlook…
      ..look at the body language! This is a wonderful piece of art for ‘art appreciation’ lesson for children!


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