There you have to look very closely. In the 18. In the 19th century, when people began to remember antiquity, many culturally interested people did so: gemmen, these tiny, artistically designed, but above all, in contrast to statues, buildings and other cultural remains of antiquity, still present in large numbers, opened the view into the past. And became the rough collecting passion of the humanist movement.
In antiquity, gemstones were seal stones, jewelry objects, lucky charms, and thus ubiquitous in everyday life. And in accordance with the high artistic level of classical antiquity, they reflected the society of the time. With the reception of antiquities from the 16th century. In the twentieth century they became more and more sought after. So they searched for because of the reproduction. Casting them true to scale in special plaster mixtures opened up the possibility for collectors and researchers to engage intensively with the culture of antiquity through their contemplation and study.
In the rich depots of the art collections at the veste coburg there were such important plaster cast collections of antique gemstones, not even inventoried. It was the first major task of the new curator at the veste, niels fleck, who is now responsible for painting and sculpture, to lift this treasure and present it to the public in a studio exhibition.
"Hercules in the seed box seems a bit bizarre. Thousands of the small replicas lie in drawer boxes designed as oversized books. The show documents the development of this medium of reproduction, which fell into oblivion with the advent of photography. It introduces the collectors who, with their systematic work, pointed the way for the successful development of this medium, abraham gorlaeus (ca. 1549 – 1608), philipp daniel lippert (1702 – 1785) up to nathaniel marchant (1739 – 1816), who switched to his own design of the small impressions.
Parallel to the extensive print collections, the so-called dactyliotheques, illustrated commentaries and catalogs were published in abundance. The coburg state library has made available for the exhibition at the veste copies preserved by it.
Art collections of the veste coburg: hercules in the set box. Plaster cast collections of the 18. Century. Until 22. March 2020, tuesday to sunday, 1 to 4 p.M. In the studio. Special curatorial tours are offered.
Personal details: since april, niels fleck has been a member of the curatorial team at the veste coburg art collections. The 41-year-old is now responsible for the areas of painting and sculpture overseen by former director klaus weschenfelder. Fleck comes from colonia, studied in hamburg and berlin, and worked for the thuringian locksmith’s administration, among others. Carolin herrmann/art collections