The catalogue is dedicated to an important part – both in quantity and in quality – of the museum library’s collection: the botanical-pharmaceutical books. A foray into the history of botanical literature and illustration portrays the exploration of the flora, from its beginnings in antiquity until the 19th century and its reflections in often gloriously illustrated books. The catalogue of around 330 botanical books from five centuries offers information on distinctive technical details on each book, as well as short texts on content, authors and illustrations. The book provides an insight into current botanical views: the perspectives of science, especially pharmaceutics, agriculture – and garden lovers.
The Cadolzburg was an important administrative centre of the house of Hohenzollern in Franconia and ranked among the best-preserved castles in Germany until its devastating destruction during the Second World War. This monograph contains the current state of research on the castle, a historical summary, an analytical building specification, followed by a description of the Cadolzburg in the context of other Hohenzollern castles in Franconia. Topics covered include stonemason’s marks, the fortifications of the market Cadolzburg, and torture in the castle; finally, a list of officials, inventories, and a register of persons and locations associated with the Cadolzburg.
500 years ago Peter Henlein, a locksmith from Nuremberg, was among the first to create small-scale portable clocks. His contemporaries already praised him for this masterly performance. But do original "Henlein pocket watches" still exist? If so, how can they be identified? Collectors and specialists in museums have been concerned with this issue for a long time now, up to the discussion which clock could and should receive the title of the "World's Oldest Pocket Watch". The accompanying volume to the exhibition is part of the series "Kulturgeschichtliche Spaziergänge im GNM" ["Cultural Strolls in the GNM"] and presents the most recent scientific findings on the "Henlein pocket watch" in a larger historical context.
Jutta Zander-Seidel (Hg.), In Mode. Kleider und Bilder aus Renaissance und Frühbarock
The volume features 50 costumes from the museum's collection dated between 1560 and 1650 that - along with international loans - were shown in this special exhibition for the first time. They are presented in the context of contemporary paintings and graphic art works that depict the original effect of the clothes and the way they were worn, in this way indicating a person's social status. Illustrated leaflets included in the volume furthermore show critical views on fashion that were spread at the same time. The appendix lists materials of and techniques relevant to the garments. The catalogue, finally, features close ups of forms, materials and decor of early modern clothing, thus making the forgotten messages engrained in the garments visible to observers and readers today.
Martina Sauer, Faszination - Schrecken. Zur Handlungsrelevanz ästhetischer Erfahrung anhand Anselm Kiefers Deutschlandbilder
The book is based around the hypothesis that we initially perceive the world as well as pictures by feelings and that there is a direct connection between the two. By debating fascination and horror, such as can be triggered by Anselm Kiefer's "Deutschlandbilder", the author discusses their consequences and conclusions for our cultural self-perception. The author develops a comprehensive theory on image and culture which is new in this field of research and also includes the special status of the art.
Nationalkomitee des Corpus Vitrearum Deutschland; Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nürnberg, Originale Kaltmalerei auf historischen Glasmalereien
The phenomenon of 'cold paint', that is, unfired painting on medieval and early modern glass paintings, has only recently come into the focus of restoration and research. In March 2016, a workshop organized by the National Committee of the Corpus Vitrearum Germany together with the Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg was dedicated to this topic. The presentations and lectures are now available in published form.
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