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Art of Germany

Romantic German art: Out of the darkness

Andrew Graham-Dixon looks at Germany in the 19th Century – when art expressed a generation’s yearning for the birth of the German nation.

Andrew travels to the coastal town of Greifswald, birthplace of Caspar David Friedrich, whose painting, The Wanderer is the defining image of the Romantic period.

Friedrich spent his life trying to capture the enigmatic spirit of the German landscape, believing that its mysterious coastline could provide the potential to unlock his faith in God.

Art of Germany is on BBC World News 11-12 May.

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