About this artwork

This large photograph shows Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria. Smith portrays the castle at night, hiding the mountainous Bavarian landscape in darkness. Illuminated, and floating out of context, the castle could be Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty castle, which Smith has also photographed. The idea for the photograph came out of a series of works about Las Vegas. Smith noted how the buildings there were inspired by many sources, particularly from Europe. She was particularly interested in Neuschwanstein, because it was the result of the obsession and fantasy of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who called it the 'original fairy-tale castle'.

  • title:
    Neuschwanstein
  • accession number:
    GMA 4221
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  • materials:
    C-type photograph on aluminium
  • date created:
    1998
  • measurements:
    (framed: 150.00 x 193.00 x 2.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1998
  • copyright:
    © Bridget Smith

Bridget Smith

Bridget Smith