Every year thousands tour King Ludwig II's castles, encountering enigmatic stories of the king's life and demise. This lecture explores the current narrative of King Ludwig as framed for tourists and contrasts it with critiques of this history by academics. These narratives have established a contemporary myth of Bavaria, often centered upon Ludwig's role in the arts, offering a fascinating insight into the use of history, art, and fantasy in the creation of cultural identities.
Frye Lecture: "Empire of Masquerade: Crazy for 'Mad' King Ludwig"
Christina Wygant (Senior Lecturer, Comparative History of Ideas, UW)
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 6:30pm
Frye Art Museum