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Week 9 Notes: Germany

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Week 9 Notes: Germany ARH 316B

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In this split lecture, we covered art in 18th century Germany. Germany did not exist as a coherent country as we know it today, but rather as a conglomeration of different "states." Art was not a p...
Survey of Eighteenth-Century Art and Culture
Professor Plax
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Academy, The Holy Roman Empire, Austrian, france, Cultural, universe, Schonbrunn, Maria, theresa, versailles, China, Exotic, Wurzburg, Staircase, Pavillion, Suite, Apartments, Prussia, Saxony, Munich, Pilgrimage, Churches, Religious
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Date Created: 10/18/16
October 13, 2016 Germany - Looking almost exclusively at architecture o Not a lot of German painters o No German Academy o No Germany as we know it today (made up of states/regions) until 19 century o Being a painter/sculptor was not considered a dignified job  Most in Germany were French/Italian - In the 18 century, Europe was a hodgepodge of independent unites o Some were no bigger than a mile o Germany was a patchwork quilt of principalities - Parts of Germany were part of the Holy Roman Empire (Hapsburg Empire) o Symbolic governing entity made up of some of the units o Two branches  Senior branch (Spanish branch), Naples, Flanders were part of it  Junior branch (Austrian branch) - Vienna was seat of the branch of Austrian branch o They needed a big palace (expression of palace)  Versailles was the model of a palace – set the standard for what a palace should look like - France was considered the center of the cultural universe o Many palaces were modeled after Versailles - Schonbrunn Palace, 1695-1749 o Based on Versailles o Plan of the gardens  Important part of any palaces o Maria Theresa  Maria Theresa is the main reason the palace is spectacular  Embarked on many remodeling and building projects  Had many children (16)  Marie Antoinette’s mother  Married off her daughters to important diplomats in many countries to stabilize diplomatic relations  Martin van Meytens, Maria Theresa in the Family Circle, 1754  Martin van Meytens, State Portrait of Maria Theresa  State portrait o Copies made and send out as gifts to diplomats  Doesn’t wear the crown o The Gloriette  A visual termination point to the garden  Covered with symbols referring to Hapsburg rule o Main Entrance  German palaces tend to be painted, which is a different from Versailles  Often pastel colors o Court of Honor  The entrance court  Arms flank out to create/enclose the court (similar to Versailles) o Fountains  Versailles is dotted with fountains  The Apollo Fountain  Louis XIV compared himself to the sun king  Schonbrunn  Neptune Fountain o Long Hall/Gallery of Mirrors  Versailles – Hall of Mirrors  Light comes in and reflects off of mirrors (symbol of sun king)  Looks out onto garden  Schonbrunn, Large Gallery  Long, rectangular ceremonial room that looks out over garden  Done in a more Rococo style (18 century)  Ceiling painting done by an Italian artist o Not a strong art center  Not a centralized unified state  30 years’ war devastated the country  The Academy of arts wasn’t as important as people starving o Lots of foreign artists working in different ports in Germany o Artists were not considered as important in Germany as they were in France and Italy o The court at Schonbrunn was much more relaxed o Rooms  Maria Theresa oversaw the decoration  Rooms show trends of 18 century design  Interest in exotic far away places  Irregular shaped rooms  Lacquer Room  Boiseries with insets that look like Chinese Lacquer Ware o In Asia, lacquer ware was very common (layer after layer of lacquer of tree resin laid over) o Imported to Europe and became very popular o Great vogue for Asian lacquer ware o European countries began making their own “fake” Asian lacquer ware  Rococo boiseries  Million room  Rocai, irregular shapes  Within those shapes are cut up Mughal Manuscripts o Maria Theresa’s took very valuable of the manuscripts and cut them out and put them up on the walls  China Room  White walls with gold vegetative Rocai broken curves  Lacquer within curves  Called China room because of the China porcelain ware from China o Blue and white patterns o All on stands  Intricate inlaid wooden floors  Round room - Wurzburg Residence o Architect: Balthazar Neumann (Austrian) o Follows basic palace plan o One features of German Palaces is thstaircase (big, monumental, showy staircase)  Ground floor was not the level that the people lived on by owners  Wurzburg staircase is one of the most spectacular staircases  Ceiling above staircase is covered by fresco by Tiepolo (also did Cleopatra frescoes)  Venetian painter who worked in many places  Bent Axis Approach: the kind of staircase where it gets bent at the landing and splits apart  Staircases  Augsburg Bruhl Palace Staircase o Statues made out of stucco along staircase  Berlin, Great Staircase, Berlin Palace o Has half-length statue  Versailles, Staircase of the Ambassadors o Designed to showcase the figure (to be seen and presented) o Torn down by Louis XIV to create suite of apartments for 5 unruly daughters  As a symbol of his disdain for them – put them over on the other side of the building o Rooms all in a row connected by doorways (but there is also a hallway)  Enfilade (linked together) + hallway o Organized into suites of apartments  Elector and wife lived in certain suites  Some suites of apartments were for business  Certain spaces were deemed as very private spaces  Very public spaces (reception rooms) o State Suites (for business)  Second Alexander Room, North State Suit  Big woven tapestry  Rococo plaster work  Alexander Room South State Suite o Wurzburg Staircase with Painting by Tiepolo  Painted as if there is no ceiling  Throwback to 17 century  Tiepolo’s Four Continents  The new world (America): represented by someone with a feathered headdress  Asia  Europe: represented as center of art and culture o The White Room (The Stucco Room)  Done by Italian artist  At the top of the staircase  Reminiscent of French Rococo, but is more substantial/heavier o The Throne Room, Tiepolo  Ceiling paintings  Apollo bringing in a new day (common theme for palaces  Scenes representing marriages of Frederick I and Beatrice of Burgundy o Wedding which took place in 16 century o To celebrate their great past days and celebrate idea of dynastic tradition  Give legitimacy to this particular dynasty o Drapery done in stucco and covered in gilding and paint to create illusion of curtain being drawn o Wedding takes a mythological status Prussia - Antoine Pesne, Frederick the Great of Prussia, 1736 o Trained at the French academy and was lured away to Prussia o Frederick the Great  One of the great leaders of Prussia who expanded Prussia  Francephile: loved France  Wanted French to be spoken at court, loved French art, etc.  Great collector of art  Watteau Paintings o 2 version of Pilgrimage to Cythera  More putti, boat is bigger, friend is included in image, statue of Venus o The Shepherds o Signboard of Gersaint  Housed his painting collection in Charlottenburg Palace, Near Berlin, 1695-1713 o Painting  Emphasizing role of military leader  Holding a baton of command (indicates he is the commander of the military)  Armor - Nering, Charlottenburg Palace, Near Berlin, 1695-1713 o Painted exterior o Where Frederick the Great stored his art collection o Grand Gallery  Arabesque work (gilding kind of crawling up the walls)  No carved boiserie or insets into the walls  Difference: use of pastel colors (blue) o Porcelain Room th  Collecting porcelain was a great practice in the 18 century  Many European countries established manufactures to replicate porcelain  Most was imported from Asia  Gold walls with blue and white porcelain Saxony - Hyacinthe Rigaud, Augustus II “the strong”, 1714 o In the French manner o Painting  Wearing coronation robe  Black servant wearing turban to indicate he is an exotic figure  Wearing a sash that shows his membership in an honorary club o Augustus the strong  Loved the middle ages  Wanted to create a great expression of his grandeur in the town of Dresden - Mattias Poppelman, Zwinger, Dresden, 1711 o An enclosed space o Provided a setting for Augustus the strong’s jousts o Only part of an enormous project that he had planned o More of a stadium than a palace o Entry gate wearing almost a crown (suggests royalty) o Sculpture by Balthasar Permoser  The whole enclosed space was covered by sculpture - Meissen Porcelain manufacture o Pompadour and Louis had established the Sevres to rival this Manufacture o Produced figurines and usable ware o Monkey Musicians  Monkeys behaving like humans was really popular  Made fun of human endeavors o Table settings Munich - Nymphenburg and Grounds o Grounds are very important (just like at Versailles)  Very similar to Versailles with its grand canal o Not the main palace, but rather more of a country house  Kind of a getaway o Lots of little Pavilions  little houses/structures that are for parties  not a place you would live at  Francois Cuvillies, Amalienburg, 1730s  Done by a Frenchman schooled in Paris  Had a hunting theme to it  (Rotunda) Hall of Mirrors, Amalienburg o Mirrors cost a lot of money and the process was very expensive o Panes of mirrors o Mirrors reflect windows on opposite side  Help contribute to the lighting (during the day they would facilitate the illumination of the room) o Blue colored room with silver arabesque/filigree work that crawls up the wall  Obscures architectural logic o Hunt theme o Furniture  Made to match the room  The Yellow Room o Hunting portraits of the Wittelspoch (dynastic family who reigned here)  Holding guns  Dogs o Niche bed with curtains (to keep the warmth in  The Hunt Room o Covered in paintings commemorating specific hunts  Dog Kennel room o Walls painted yellow with blue arabesque o Little niches for dogs  The kitchen o Covered with glazed tiles  The Chamber - Church of St. John Nepomuck, Munich o Designed by Cosmos Damian Asam and Egid Quirin Asam  Spent their entire fortune in building this church o Built on very thin strip of land  Church is about 70 feet wide o Big arch over entrance with image of St. John Nepomuk being carried into heavens  Germans were very good at faux painting – making plaster look like another material (very much part of the aesthetic and very valued) o Interior, St. John Nepomuk, Munick, 1733  Ground floor was open to public  Second story belonged as private space to the brothers  Ceiling is painted in illusionistic painting  Lots of faux painting on ground story  Meant to overwhelm  Full of violent and sensational effects  Painted statue of Virgin Mary  Polychrome Painting: Wooden, then covered with thin coat of plaster, then gauze laid over to create a surface for painting, then given a smooth varnish finish  Virgin of Immaculate conception (standing on globe or moon)  Standing on a snake (symbol of heresy)  she is stamping out heresy  Above her: painted plaster meant to imitate cloth  Very busy – a lot to look at - Pilgrimage Churches o Built over an important site and contain a relic o Catholicism in Southern Germany (fervently Catholic), it was different than practiced in other Catholic countries  Often at odds with the Roman Catholic church  “Too superstitious”  German Catholicism believed in miracles o You would take a pilgrimage to help remove your sins  Could be for penance o Tend to be in rural settings o Balthasaer Neumann, Vierzehnheiligen (14 holies/saints), Near Staffelstien, 1743  “14 holies”/”14 saints”  Designed by important architect  Façade is an undulating 2 bell-tower façade  Pierced by a lot of windows  Looks like it is about to dissolve or fly away  Plan is based on music theory (architect was musician)  Ovals based on some musical formula  Not really straight walls  Wanted the pilgrims to feel as though they were in an otherworldly space that couldn’t be understood rationally  Interior  Shrine o Marks the sight of a miracle  someone had a vision of 14 saints  Scene framed by stucco drapery in one work of art  German Bavarian Rococo style  Profusion of ornament  Faux paint  High key pastels  Unusual amount of ornament  Visual overstimulation o Die Wies, 1746-54  Done by Dominikus Zimmerman  Not an architect, but a mason  It was traditional in Germany for architects to primarily be builders  Worked on the church with his brother  In the middle of a beautiful field  Housed an image of Christ at the column being scourged/whipped  Weird little doll/puppet that was revered  Statue was made to be carried in a precession on Good Friday in the little town  Church in Rome didn’t like that the people were “worshipping” the statue o Called for the statue to be cast out because it was too affecting (people would be very moved by the statue) o A pious woman rescued the statue and built a little “house” for it (many people came to visit it, and it became a sight for pilgrimages to see the statue  Statue was surrounded by a whole mythology o Some said it once cried tears  In 1745, the town collected funds to build the church  Exterior: all about curves  Proportions are very elongated  Painted a very pretty pale yellow  Trim and architectural elements painted white with a little darker, golden colored trim  Plan  Big oval space with paired columns  Side walkway around oval space  Interior  A lot of the faux painting in pastel pink and white  Small but filled with some special effects o Above: scene of the Cross being carried to the heavens o Cutouts above second story  As you move down the space of the oval, at curtain points, they will frame paintings on the opposite wall that represent scenes from the life of Christ  As you move, you get almost a kind of walking “movie”  Moving through the space and the illusionistic effects were all part of the plans  Ceiling painting above entrance o Designed almost as a reward for the pilgrims o Doorway as you enter the heavenly realm, and you see the scene of the Last Judgement  Usually a scale and the deeds of your life are judged  Not like any Last Judgement scene: happy ending, rainbow, Christ sliding in on the rainbow  The world’s happiest last judgement   Meant to be a very joyous occasion


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