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04-05-2000, 07:09 PM
I wonder have any of you seen a painting called "meeting on the turret stairs" by Frederic William Burton. It's in the National Gallery of Ireland. It's a very romantic painting and I love it.

05-22-2000, 08:11 PM
Nobody ever responded to this. Does that mean no one saw the painting. I have not, but then again my art history knowledge would fill a thimble.

05-22-2000, 08:57 PM
Must have missed this the first time...here's a link to the painting;




05-22-2000, 09:53 PM
Thanks, Gisela. It is a very romantic painting. Bet Sandy could spin a wonderful story around it.

05-22-2000, 11:20 PM
Here's the story;
This painting is also known as Helellil and Hildebrand and is an illustration of an episode from a Danish ballad, translated by Whitley Stokes and published in Fraser's Magazine in January, 1855. It shows the final parting of Hellelil and her bodyguard, Hildebrand, the Prince of Engellend. Their tragic affair results in the slaying of seven of Hellelil's brothers by Hildebrand, and his own death at the hand of the youngest.

How sad! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/crying.gif


05-23-2000, 04:07 AM
I think a great time ago someone mentioned that painting..(you?) i love it....i always check all the names which are new for me...i'm learning a lot- thanks to you guys..basia

05-23-2000, 10:47 AM
I like this painting also tish..very romantic. (Thank you Gisela for posting the link to it, and the story behind it).

05-26-2000, 08:03 AM
What a fabulous painting, I'm amazed at how emotional this is. I love the way that they are standing and it tells such a story on it's own!

06-08-2000, 12:14 AM
visual cheesecake.

Love the blue of the gown, and the red also

01-08-2005, 11:00 AM
I only just saw this painting in a book two days ago, which is what prompted my search on the web for more information about the painting and the love story upon which it is based. I was merely glancing through the pages when the image caught my eye and transfixed me, almost transported me to another time and place. As I read the caption, I was shaken to read the name of the adoring knight: my own maiden name! I have never been so moved by a piece of artwork as this poignant portrayal of forbidden love. The way Hildebrand holds Hellelil's arm to his chest, drinking in her aroma...oh, to be be loved so completely. Now the hope of seeing this painting in person gives me one more reason to go to Ireland.