Matthias Claudius (1740-1815) once wrote, "When someone travels, he can tell a tale." In the Gotha Research Library, many manuscripts and prints tell of journeys to regions near and far. Among them are not only precious illuminated late medieval pilgrim reports to the Holy Land, reports of the cavalier tours of the Ernestine princes and early modern travel diaries of scholars of the 17th to 19th centuries such as Johann Ernst Gerhard, Johann Philipp Breyne and Ulrich Jasper Seetzen. Rather, the Gotha dukes also acquired numerous reports, enriched by copper engravings, of travelers who were in the service of the Dutch trading companies to the West and East Indies. The exhibition, curated by PD Dr. Monika Müller, shows how travelers experienced foreign lands, what impressed or fascinated them, and how the collection of travel reports of the Gotha dukes came into being.
It is accompanied by guided tours and various lectures:
guided tours of the exhibition // meeting place: Friedenstein Castle, Hall of Mirrors (Ducal staircase, 2nd floor, left side)
- Wednesday guided tours April 26, May 3, May 17, May 31, June 7, 2023 – each at 1 p.m.
- curator tours of the exhibition Wednesday, April 19, May 10, May 24, 2023 – 5 p.m. each day Saturday, May 20, June 10, 2023 – 2 p.m. each day
Saturday, April 29, 2023, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. "Mit Phantasie und Buchstaben in ferne Länder"
reading for Children (a campaign of the Friends of Friedenstein Castle: Friends of the Gotha Research Library e.V., Friends of the Friedenstein Castle Art Collections e.V., Museumslöwen – Gemeinschaft zur Förderung des Museums der Natur Gotha e.V., Orangerie-Freunde Gotha e.V.); venue: Hall of Mirrors, Friedenstein Castle
Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 6:15 p.m. "Fremde Welten im Bild. Sehen und Darstellen um 1500"
Prof. em. Dr. Klaus Niehr (Osnabrück); venue: Herzog-Ernst-Kabinett, Friedenstein Castle
Wednesday, May 31, 2023, 6:15 p.m. "Paradiesvögel an den Rändern der Welt und der Phantasie – eine Symbolgeschichte"
Professor Christian Freigang (Berlin); venue: Herzog-Ernst-Kabinett, Friedenstein Castle
Please note: We ask for written registration for the events at firstname.lastname@example.org or with our registration form.
The events are kindly supported by the "Freundeskreis" of the Gotha Research Library.
For more information, please see our event flyer(in German only).