2. What are the details you notice when you look at it closely?
3. How did the artist hide minute details from our eyes at first sight?
The Mysterious Picture
Let’s read a story from The Legend of the Glorious Adventures of Tyl Ulenspiegel. It narrates an interesting episode from the life of an artist.
Charles De Coster (1827-’79), the father of Belgian literature, was born in Munich. His masterpiece is The Legend of Tyl Ulenspiegel and Lamme Goedzak (1867), a 16th-century romance, which was barely read in Belgium because it did not meet up to the conventional standards of Belgian nationalism. But it gained popularity all over the world. It is considered as one of the classics in Belgian literature.
1 Tyl, in the course of his wanderings from court to court, rode to the palace of the Archduke of Battenburg on his donkey. His clothes and appearance attracted everyone’s attention. His cap was set smartly on his head and the three bright feathers on it danced in the breeze as he rode. At the main entrance to the palace, the Captain of the Guards called out to him, ‘Hei there! You fellow on the donkey! We don’t allow any loafers here. You and your donkey already look like skeletons.’
1. Where do the events narrated in the story take place?
Ans:- The events of the story took place in the palace of the Archduke of Batt- Orenburg
2. Mention the two central characters you identify at this point?
Ans:- Tyi Ulenspiegel and the Captain of the Guards are the characters at this point.
2 The Captain of the Guards was a tall, well-built, red-haired man of about twenty-five. He was handsomely dressed in his gold-braided uniform. Tyl looked at him coolly and then dismounted from his donkey. He bowed low and said, ‘May God bless you, Sir Captain! If I look like a skeleton, it is not my fault. I’m very hungry. I’ve come here because I’m forced to. If you will be so good as to give me a piece of the gold cord that you wear on your coat, I’ll go and hang myself by the teeth on that large leg of mutton that I see hanging in that butcher’s shop.’
3. What do you understand about the character of Tyl? Is he a serious man or one with sense of humour? How do you know this?
Ans :- Tyl is person who wanders from court to court. He is a man with a good sense of humor. His appearance and mannerisms make us think so.
3 The Captain was playing a game of chess with another officer. He looked curiously at Tyl. ‘Where do you come from?’ he asked. ‘From Flanders,’ replied Tyl. ‘What do you want?’ ‘I should like to show His Highness, the Archduke, one of my paintings. I’m a painter.’ ‘Well, if you are a painter and if you come from Flanders, you may come in,’ said the Captain somewhat impressed. The Captain knew that Flemish painters and their pictures were in great demand all over Europe. Tyl was presented to the Archduke. He saluted the Archduke three times and stood before him with his head bowed. 'May your Highness pardon me for
4. Is there a change in the attitude of the Captain? What is the reason behind it?
Ans:- Yes, because the Captain of the Guards understood that Tyl was a Flemish painter.
my rashness in thinking that one of my paintings will please your Highness. I have brought a picture of Our Lady, the Virgin, in her royal robes. I have painted it specially so that I might lay it at your noble feet.’ Tyl paused a few moments for his words to sink in. Then he continued, ‘You must forgive me, Your Highness, if I’ve dared to hope that this picture will please you. Perhaps Your Highness might wish to offer me the chair of your court painter who died recently. I can see the empty velvet chair waiting to be filled.’
5. The language used by Tyl when he speaks to the Archduke shows his respect for him. Pick out a few instances which show this.
Ans:- The words, “May, Your Highness pardon me. I might lay it at your noble feet.” shows Tyl’s respect for the Archduke.