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Barockes Universum Gotha

Baroque Universe Gotha

Christine Bergmann
2014

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Description

The mural artwork of the Perthesforum connects the present time with the cultural treasures that are stored here. The heterogeneous building complex with extensions from the 18th century to the 20th century originally served as the publishing house and home of Justus Perthes. Today's users are the Stiftung Schloß Friedenstein (museum depot), the Thuringian State Archive (archive and user rooms) and the Gotha Research Library of the University of Erfurt (workshops and depot of the historical collection of the cartographic publishing house Perthes). The south façade of the central courtyard, with its recessed blind windows, formed an ideal shelf to compile a collection of scientific instruments, nature and animal representations, treasures, and relics, as in a baroque Wunderkammer. In the gold-filled niches, 23 large-format, multi-part enamels were placed at a distance of 5 cm from the back wall. These enamels were executed by the artist herself through manual graphic techniques and in a multi-layer firing process.

On the wall the panels are mounted in four rows of six panels, here below the photos are arranged in six rows of four panels.

1st row 2nd row 3rd row 4th row
1st
col.
Gotha - Barockes Universum Gotha
Theodolite
Gotha - Barockes Universum Gotha
'Hollandse cirkel'
Gotha - Barockes Universum Gotha
Deer
Gotha - Barockes Universum Gotha
Order of the Garter
2nd
col.
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Shell
Gotha - Barockes Universum Gotha
Books
Gotha - Barockes Universum Gotha
Pair of compasses
Gotha - Barockes Universum Gotha
Telescope
3rd
col.
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Birds
Gotha - Barockes Universum Gotha
Arm
Gotha - Barockes Universum Gotha
Books
Gotha - Barockes Universum Gotha
Putti and sphere
4th
col.
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Coat of arms
Gotha - Barockes Universum Gotha
Globe
Gotha - Barockes Universum Gotha
Coat of arms
[door]
5th
col.
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Armillary sphere
Gotha - Barockes Universum Gotha
Elephant
Gotha - Barockes Universum Gotha
Sextant
Gotha - Barockes Universum Gotha
Watch
6th
col.
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Books
Gotha - Barockes Universum Gotha
Telescope
Gotha - Barockes Universum Gotha
Snail
Gotha - Barockes Universum Gotha
Books

Above the gate in the east wing of the building are two putti, one sitting on a pile of books, the other looking with a telescope over a globe.

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Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Book
  • Coat of arms
  • Deer
  • Elephant
  • Globe
  • Instrument
  • Mural artwork
  • Pair of compasses
  • Putto
  • Sextant
  • Shell
  • Snail
  • Telescope
  • Theodolite
  • Watch
  • Locatie (N 50°56'52" - E 10°42'39")

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    Item Code: deth179; Photograph: 13 October 2018
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