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Self-image - external image - re-appropriation

08.03.2022 - 04.06.2023 ,
RothenburgMuseum (Rothenburg Museum)

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Open today 10:00-18:00
Klosterhof 5
91541 Rothenburg

The term "picturesque" originated in English and was so prevalent in the 19th century that an entire painting epoch was even named after it - similar to Mannerism, Baroque or Classicism. It literally means "picturesque" or "worthy of painting", but "picture-perfect" is also given as a synonym. Rothenburg ob der Tauber has been given this adjective so often that it is surprising that there has not yet been any serious discussion of the subject. Hardly any other region in Germany embodied the synthesis of intact landscape and decorative architecture as did the traditional imperial town of Rothenburg and its harmonious embedding in the charming Tauber Valley as early as the 19th century.

Using pictures by German and English painters such as Gustav Kraus, Hans Thoma, Theodor Alt, Arthur Wasse, Elias Bancroft, James Douglas and Adeline S. Illingworth, who depicted the Tauberstadt as an idyllic retreat, you can trace the phenomenon of the picturesque in a special exhibition at the RothenburgMuseum (RothenburgMuseum).

Last edited on 05.07.2024

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Museum / Exhibition Centre: RothenburgMuseum (Rothenburg Museum)

The former Dominican convent (built from 1258), one of the town's most important architectural monuments, is now home to the RothenburgMuseum (RothenburgMuseum). The collection of Rothenburg art and...

Location: Rothenburg