The Last Judgment (1836-9), by Peter von Cornelius, was installed at the Ludwigskirche in Munich. Cornelius was one of the founders of the Nazarene Movement. This painting went against "the tides" of the time which called for a more active and less static portrayal of biblical scenes.
This "hearkening back" to medieval and even Byzantine influences displeased the commissioner, King Ludwig I, so much that he disassociated himself with the artist.
It was also said that Ludwig expected something on the scale of Michelangelo. In that case he might have been disappointed.
Retrospectively, however, we can appreciate the valiant work of Cornelius. I wonder how many artists could rise to this challenge. How many could offer this achievement today? I would love to see something like this installed today.
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