Vittore Carpaccio - The Journey into Egypt (1500)
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni - Creation of Eve /Sistince Chapel Ceiling/ (1510)
Fra Angelico - Coronation of the Virgin /detail/ (1435)
Agnolo Bronzino - Venus, Cupido and Satyr (c. 1570)
Vincent van Gogh - Piéta /after Delacroix/ (1889)
Lord Byron - The Prisoner of Chillon /detail/ (1816)
My hair is grey, but not with years,
Nor grew it white
In a single night,
As men’s have grown from sudden fears:
My limbs are bow’d, though not with toil,
But rusted with a vile repose,
For they have been a dungeon’s spoil,
And mine has been the fate of those
To whom the goodly earth and air
Are bann’d, and barr’d—forbidden fare;
But this was for my father’s faith
I suffer’d chains and courted death;
That father perish’d at the stake
For tenets he would not forsake…
Château de Chillon, Switzerland
Eugéne Delacroix - Le Prisonnier de Chillon (1834)
- I’m very happy that i could visit Château de Chillon (Chillon castle) in Switzerland, one of the most famous castle in the world. Romanticism was fascinated by the Middle Ages, Chillon made it popular again. Many famous poet, writer and painter made mention it on their works. For example, on the 22 June 1816, Lord Byron and his contemporary and friend Shelley were sailing on Lake Geneva and stopped to visit Château de Chillon. After touring the castle and walking through the dungeon in which Francois Bonivard (who was the abbot of the St. Victor Abbey in Geneva, and he imprisoned due to his anti-Savoie views by Charles (Good) the III. ) was imprisoned, Byron was inspired by Bonivard’s story and composed: A Sonnet on Chillon. But, after learning more of the facts about Bonivard, Byron expanded on this by writing the famous poem: The Prisoner of Chillon.
Eugéne Delacroix, the celebrated french painter was also influenced by the story of Francois Bonivard, so he painted it in 1834.
Last, but not least - a part of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s novel from 1761: The new Heloise (Julie ou la nouvelle Héloïse) takes place in here.
Burg Hohenzollern, Hechingen, Germany
Johanneskirche am Feuersee, Stuttgart, Germany
Montreux, Switzerland - The paradise on earth
Bellevue, Switzerland - The most beautiful place i have ever seen in my life!