A few years back we went to an exhibition. of the Romantic Period, in Canberra. Unknown to us there was among all those masterpieces this picture of Caspar David Friedrich. After looking at pictures in several rooms I turned towards a doorway to walk into the next room. And there was this amazing sight. While all the other pictures were hanging on the wall this was on a stand. It was so sudden and it hit me. What was that? I had never seen it before and did not even know it existed. I have a couple of books on C D Friedrich and it is not even mentioned in either of them. But being familiar with his paintings I said to myself it is very much like a painting by C D Friedrich. And it was ! At first I thought it is the sun shining through the early morning fog, but it is not. It is the full Moon ! As it should be, around Easter. The glow of the moon in the original picture is much more intensive. It hits you with such a power. I could not contain myself. It was the main exhibit of the exhibition. I have seen pictures of CDF in Berlin and London but this one was extraordinary. I ran around and started talking to other people visiting the exhibition. Normally I would not do such a thing. What you see here are the Three Marys walking to the tomb expected to contain Jesus. Friedrich never did a stroke with his brush without some symbolism. Everything in his paintings is allegorical. The cemetery is a at the bottom of a downhill path just like life is. The three lonely women in a lifeless landscape in which only the cemetery is awaiting us. It is still before dawn and the new beginning. The trees have no foliage yet. Sorry, I can’t tell you more about the picture. C D Friedrich is one of my favourite painters. Perhaps it suits the melancholic streak in me. Lately more people have joined to follow my blog and I’m grateful to you all. It is amazing that you want to read what I have written. For someone of my humble background it is quite an achievement. I wish you all a Happy Easter, no matter what religion you belong to. It is the season of a new beginning, Springtime, in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in Australia we have Autumn and the nights are getting chilly. Below, you find an Australian landscape from the same period. It could be a contemporary picture. Nothing has changed and there is no new beginning. I think it is timeless.