Statues - Hither & Thither

Germany
Heidelberg
Stadt Heidelberg

Baden-Württemberg

Karlsplatz

Sebastian-Münster-Brunnen

Sebastian Münster Fountain

Ingelheim 1488 - Basel 1552
German cartographer, cosmographer, and a Hebrew scholar. His Cosmographia (1544, was the earliest German description of the world
(Wikipedia)
Michael Schoenholtz

1978

Heidelberg /  Sebastian-Münster-Brunnen   Heidelberg /  Sebastian-Münster-Brunnen

Description

Fountain with as centerpiece a globe with human figures in various positions.

Information Sign

Sebastian-Münster-Brunnen
von Michael Schoenholtz, Berlin, 1978

Dem Brunnen auf diesem Platz liegt der Gedanke zugrunde, hier die
Erinnerung an den humanistischen Gelehrten Sebastian Münster
(1488/89 - 1552) wachzuhalten. Denn an dieser Stelle stand einst das
Barfüßer-Kloster, in dem Münster 1521 bis 1529 als Lehrer der hebräischen
Sprache und als Erforscher mathematisch-astronomischer Probleme lebte.
Hier begann er mit der Weltbeschreibung, die ihn berühmt gemacht hat.

Der Brunnen ist vor allem dem Kosmographen Münster gewidmet.
Deshalb wird dargestellt, wie sich die vermessene Erdkugel aus den
symbolhaften Planetenbahnen heraushebt. Auf der Erde findet man
die Menschen in unterschiedlichen Situationen, Positionen und Aktionen,
die das Leben bestimmen: Geburt und Tod, technischer Fortschritt im
positiven wie zerstörerischen Sinne sowie das Annehmen und Ablehnen
der irdischen Gegebenheiten.

Sebastian Münster Fountain
by Michael Schoenholtz, Berlin, 1978

The idea for the well on this place is to commemorate to the humanistic
savant Sebastian Münster (1488/89 - 1552). At this place there was the
monastery of the Order of St. Francis in former times. Münster teached
Hebrew and investigated problems of mathematics and astronomy in the
period 1521 up to 1529. Here he started his work on describing the world
which made him wellknown.

The well is primarily devoted to the cosmographer Münster. It presents
the surveyed terrestrial globe lifted out from the symbolized planetary
orbits. On the Earth there are several persons in different situations,
positions and actions determining their lifes: Birth and death, technical
progress in its positive sense but also destroying manner as well as the
acceptance and rejection of worldly circumstances.

NB: we haven't seen the sign and took text and translation from Wolfgang Volk's site.

Annotation

The fountain is reminiscent of the humanist and cosmographer Sebastian Münster, who worked from 1521 to 1529 in the Franciscan monastery as a Hebrew teacher and researcher in astronomy and mathematics. Here he began his famous cosmography, to which the fountain refers.

Heidelberg / Sebastian-Münster-Brunnen

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

Location N 49°24'43" E 8°42'46"

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