Wesendonck [Wesendonk; née Luckemeyer], Mathilde [Agnes]
- Barry Millington
(b Elberfeld, Dec 23, 1828; d Traunblick, nr Altmünster, Aug 31, 1902). German poet . Mathilde and Otto Wesendonck (a wealthy silk merchant) married in 1848 and settled in Zürich in 1851, where they became acquainted with Wagner the following year. The Wesendoncks placed at Wagner’s disposal the little house he named the Asyl, adjoining their villa in the Zürich suburb of Enge; Otto proved to be one of Wagner’s most generous patrons. Mathilde enjoyed an intimate relationship with Wagner, which was probably not consummated, but which in part inspired – and was dramatized in – ...