Der den Trotz lehrte, straft den Trotz? (Does he who taught defiance punish defiance?)

Der den Trotz lehrte, straft den Trotz? (Does he who taught defiance punish defiance?)

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Object Name: 
Der den Trotz lehrte, straft den Trotz? (Does he who taught defiance punish defiance?)
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Overall H: 20 cm, W: 19.8 cm, D: 1 cm
Not on Display
Credit Line: 
Gift of the family of Thomas S. Buechner
Web Description: 
Thomas S. Buechner was the Corning Museum’s founding director, and he was a well-known painter who specialized in portraiture. This series of small paintings on glass panels was inspired by Buechner’s favorite opera, Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). The Ring is a cycle of four epic operas by Richard Wagner (German, 1813–1883) that are loosely based on characters from the Norse sagas and the Nibelungenlied. Wagner wrote the libretto and music over the course of about 26 years, from 1848 to 1874. The four operas that constitute the Ring cycle are: Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold); Die Walküre (The Valkyrie); Siegfried; and Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods). This panel is one of a group of 10 paintings that were given to the Museum by Buechner’s family. It depicts a male figure, holding a walking stick, who is the character Wotan disguised as The Wanderer. He faces a nude female figure—the earth goddess Erda—who emerges from a rocky cave. In this scene from Siegfried, Wotan has awoken Erda with a spell-song, looking for information. The paintings are from a series made, in 1987, while Buechner was an artist in residence at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. Buechner enjoyed traveling to Seattle, where he saw the Seattle Opera’s productions of The Ring many times. At Pilchuck, he was introduced to the schwarzlot (transparent black enamel and silver stain) painting technique by the artist Ursula Huth (German, b. 1952). In addition to the paintings on glass, the Museum owns 20 blown glass vessels, designed by Buechner at Pilchuck, which are also inspired by characters and narratives from Der Ring.
Buechner, Thomas S. (American, 1926-2010), Former Collection
Buechner, Mary, Source
Scratched in bottom left corner
Affixed in top right corner rectangular white label
Primary Description: 
Panel, "Der Den Trotz Lehrte, Straft Der Trotz? (Does he who taught defiance punish defiance?)". Sheet glass, transparent black enamel, silver stain, metal frame; painted, assembled. A male figure, holding a walking stick (Wotan disguised as the Wanderer), faces a nude female figure (Erda) in a rocky cave. Inscribed, "DER DEN TROTZ LEHRTE, STRAFT DER TROTZ?", which is a line is spoken by Erda (earth goddess) in "Siegfried".
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2012 (2013) illustrated, p. 37; BIB# AI94590
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2012 (2013) illustrated, p. 52, #36; BIB# AI95675