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‘Moonrise over the Sea’ (1822) by Caspar David Friedrich April 9, 2009

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Nobody definitely would call Caspar David Friedrich the greatest painter of all times, or even of his 19th-century. It is definite, as well, that any criterion of greatness does not exist, except one’s personal taste and preferences.

I would call Caspar David Friedrich one of my favourite painters. And his ‘Moonrise over the Sea‘ is one of my favorite paintings, maybe the most loved one. It depicts a small group of people on the coast of cold northern sea late in the evening. You can imagine that these women and a man are close relatives or friends spending their free time together. It is too dark to read, to late to speak. They left their home and made their way towards the sea. They made themselves comfortable on a boulder and watched the sea, the moon over the sea, sailing ships. Quiet picture of non-existent epoch and old-fashioned way of spending time.

Moonrise over the Sea


1. Caspar David Friedrich – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2. Category:Oil paintings by Caspar David Friedrich – Wikimedia Commons

3. File:Caspar David Friedrich 031.jpg – Wikimedia Commons

4. NGA – Caspar David Friedrich, Moonrise over the Sea, 1822

5. NGA – Spirit of an Age: Introduction

6. Friedrich, Caspar David: Mondaufgang am Meer [2] – Zeno.org


Mantus “Requiem” (2009) March 11, 2009

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I’ve discovered the deutschsprachiger Gothic / Romantic / Metal / Rock musical project called ‘Mantus’ a few years ago. Unfortunately, by that time it was discontinued. Mantus discography included eight albums published between 2000 and 2005.

The song Utopia (Utopia Lyrics can be found here) from the “Fremde Welten” (2003) album might give some impression on the style of their music and beautiful German Gothic texts based on the philosophical ideas of romantic nihilism.

The name of the project was taken from mythology. In Roman and Etruscan mythology, Mantus and his wife, Mania were gods of the underworld. They were associated with the city Mantua (Italian: Mantova), which may derive its name from Mantus.

Mantus “Requiem” (2009)

At the end of 2008, Mantus announced renewal of recording and concerting activity. The new album called “Requiem” (listen it here or here) has been released in 2009 and “Königreich der Angst” EP is coming soon.

Both Members of the project, Martin Schindler (music, lyrics, vocals, production) and Tina Schindler / Thalia (vocals), are also active in darkwave/electro act Black Heaven and gothic metal outfit Sepia.



1. Mantus – Official Homepage

2. Mantus at Vampirefreaks.com

3. MANTUS on MySpace Music – Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads

4. MySpace.com – Mantus / Black Heaven / Sepia Fanspace – 28 – Male – Bergisch Gladbach, DE – www.myspace.com/schwarze_schatten

5. Mantus – Listen free and discover music at Last.fm

6. Mantus – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia