Lecture by Christoph Brachmann: The “Naumburg Master”. A German Myth Reconsidered

Lecture by Christoph Brachmann: The “Naumburg Master”. A German Myth Reconsidered

Place Prague, Institute of Art History, Husova 4, CZECH REPUBLIC
Organizer Institute of History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
More info http://www.udu.cas.cz

Date: 23 June 2015

As a recent monumental show on the topic proves, the so-called “Naumburg Master”, the alleged itinerant and ingenious architect-sculptor active around 1220 to around 1260 and considered to be so crucial for the reception of innovative French gothic sculpture and architecture in the Holy Roman Empire has nothing lost of his fascination. Nevertheless, the lecture will show how much this reading is a pure construction of German-language scholarship of the first half of the 20th century, very much fueled by the German-French rivalry around the two World Wars. In contrast, a less national, neutral view will show a very different and much more complex story of the reception of these breathtaking new French forms in the areas east of the Rhine and thus will offer a highly interesting case study for artistic exchange in medieval Europe.