Der hallesche ›Wunderschatz‹ von 1625 – Sammelleidenschaft im Zeitalter der europäischen Kunst- und Wunderkammern

Public lecture by Dr. Berit Wagner (Frankfurt/Main)

Frontispiece to Ole Worm, Museum Wormianum, Leiden 1655.

Little is known about Halle's Cabinets of Artefacts and Natural Curiosities before 1700, but they did exist: with the enthusiasm of the late humanists, the Halle medicus and pharmacy owner Lorenz Hoffmann collected not only the usual naturalia, alchemica and exotica from overseas, but also a spectacular number of paintings, which he attributed to artists such as Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Dürer and Michelangelo Buonarroti. The research to be outlined in the lecture on the hitherto almost unknown collection of a bourgeois-patrician and at the same time courtly actor will give new weight to the early phase of the history of German collecting. The main source and starting point for the reconstruction of the principles of order and knowledge is the publication of the collection in 1625. Hoffmann, who rose to the position of Elector's personal physician in Saxony in 1626, published the first printed catalogue of a chamber of art and curiosities in European cultural history.

These connections are being researched in the project »Sammeln in der Stadt um 1600. Die Kunst- und Wunderkammer des Medicus Lorenz Hoffmann im Kontext der europäischen Sammlungs- und Wissenskulturen«, led by Dr Berit Wagner and funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, which is accompanied by the Francke Foundations as a cooperation partner.

The event will take place as part of the annual members' meeting of the Association for Halle City History. Prof. Dr. Holger Zaunstöck will introduce the event.