Tintern Abbey Seen by Moonlight, Peter van Lerberghe

Today I’ve been to the Ruin Lust exhibition at London’s Tate Gallery. It was a bit of an odd hotch-potch to be honest, and despite its theme, was sadly lacking in magic.
I was however rather taken with this early 19th Century watercolour by Peter van Lerberghe from the Tate’s own collection. Created at a time when exploring romantic ruins was all the rage, the painting captures a group of brave tourists discovering the Gothic delights of Tintern Abbey by torchlight.

Tintern Abbey seen by Moonlight, 1802 by Peter van Lerberghe

Tintern Abbey seen by Moonlight, 1802 by Peter van Lerberghe

It all looks like great fun. I’d love to do it myself, although I might not be bold enough to teeter along the top of the ruins like some of these visitors. And to be honest, I don’t think Cadw, who now take care of the picturesque ruins of Tintern Abbey, would be very keen!

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6 Responses to “Tintern Abbey Seen by Moonlight, Peter van Lerberghe”

  1. Oh…nice !

  2. I wish I’d made the time to see all the old ruined Border abbeys the one time I was traveling through there, but the only one I made it to was Jedburgh, in the daytime. Still a romantic sight, though not the equal of an atmospheric painting!

  3. That’s such a great work of art. It’s not difficult to understand why the romantics were so into the picturesque.

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