“Like a scene from a horror movie, it brings to bear on the subject all the Gothic clichés of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.” Yet so beautiful. It foretells the wars to come. Horror films were a long way off. This was painted in the early 19th century.
The Abbey in the Oakwood, an oil painting by Caspar David Friedrich. The quote is by Albert Boime, a professor of art history at the UCLA for thirty years until his death in 2008.