A man in mail and a woman in blue stand on a castle staircase. The woman has her back to the viewer and her face turned from the man as they walk in opposite directions. He is embracing her arm as he descends. The painting is surrounded by a white border with its name and painter at bottom centre.

The Meeting on the Turret Stairs Art Print

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The medieval Danish ballad 'Helellil and Hildebrand' tells of Hellelil's ill-fated love for her bodyguard Hildebrand, whose death is ordered by her father. Burton depicts the moment of the couple's final meeting, before Hildebrand goes to meet his death. Their averted eyes and tender embrace are poignant yet understated, implying the inevitable tragedy to follow. Burton's interest in the art and legend of the middle ages was shared with the Pre-Raphaelites, whom he was associated with in London. Burton chose 'Hellelil and Hildebrand' specifically as the poem had been translated from Danish by his friend Whitley Stokes.


National Gallery of Ireland Art Prints are the perfect way to have your own masterpiece. Printed on high quality 240gsm Satin paper using Epson Ultrachrome Archival inks, each print have a stated light fastness and image permanence of up to, at least 75 years. In order to preserve the image and prevent unnecessary fading, the print should not be exposed to direct sunlight and its UV rays.

All prints have the title and artist's name printed at the bottom of each reproduction.

Dimensions: 50 x 70 cm

Original Painting Information

Frederic William Burton, Irish, 1816-1900

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

Watercolour and gouache on paper, 95.5 x 60.8 cm

Bequeathed, Margaret McNair Stokes, 1900

NGI.2358

 


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