A fantastical cast of characters, both animal and human, keep watch over a glowing white orb; the prize of the Mondjäger (or "Moon Hunter") referred in the painting’s title. The elaborately layered scene, with its dramatic lighting, exotic costumes and sweeping, stage-like staircase, is wonderfully theatrical. "To do something strange, like pick up a planet, it is first necessary to change one’s mind and body to become a part of a ritual," says Burgert. "One needs spiritual copies of oneself in order to havea dialogue between one’s inner characters."

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