Famous Artists, Notes on German Culture

Caspar Friedrich’s “Lebensstufen”…stages of life

Caspar Friedrich’s "Lebensstufen", a painting from the German Romantic Era of the early 19th century, representing our various Life Stages by the distances of ships on the vast sea of life. Once again Friedrich uses the so-called Rückenfigur …a prominently placed figure shown entirely from the back … which is a commentary on the Romantic… Continue reading Caspar Friedrich’s “Lebensstufen”…stages of life

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Albert Bierstadt and other talented German artists sought to capture the romance of the west

This night time scene was painted in 1869 by Albert Bierstadt, a German artist who was drawn to the American frontier as were many other Germans in the 19th century. The painting shows a group of Oregon bound pioneers and captures the romance of the American West. Its a glimpse of the pioneers at a… Continue reading Albert Bierstadt and other talented German artists sought to capture the romance of the west

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The German Empire had 4 armies: those of Prussia, Bavaria, Württemberg, and Saxony…and each had their own uniforms, insignias and mottos.

"Stiefelappell" (Boot Inspection Rollcall).. by Carl Röchling . A nostalgic image that encapsulates the calm peace time era that was brought about by Bismarck after 1871. The painter Carl Röchling accomplished this by depicting a beautiful sunny day in 1890, showing us the quaint old German half timber barracks used by the soldiers and casually… Continue reading The German Empire had 4 armies: those of Prussia, Bavaria, Württemberg, and Saxony…and each had their own uniforms, insignias and mottos.

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The first practical refrigerator was invented in Germany in 1873

We don’t give Refrigeration too much thought and take it for granted, but as recently as 100 years ago people were using chunks of ice in boxes to inhibit the destructive action of bacteria, yeast, and mold. In fact consumers that used the icebox in 1910 faced the same challenge of a moldy and stinky… Continue reading The first practical refrigerator was invented in Germany in 1873

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Frederick the Great Quotes

After the end of the Seven Year War in 1763, Prussia was a great power whose importance could no longer be challenged. Frederick the Great’s personal reputation was enormously enhanced. A number of nations sent officers to Prussia to learn the secrets of Prussia’s military power. Prussia became one of the most imitated powers in Europe.… Continue reading Frederick the Great Quotes

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Lübeck is one of the five “Glories of the Empire”… a title shared with Venice, Rome, Pisa and Florence… Kaiser Karl IV, 1537

Lübeck is a World Heritage Site, mainly because of its extensive medieval Brick architecture and its restored city center. But you should also know that this medieval city has experienced 872 years of fascinating history since its founding in 1143 as a German settlement on the river island Bucu.  The old town center is famous… Continue reading Lübeck is one of the five “Glories of the Empire”… a title shared with Venice, Rome, Pisa and Florence… Kaiser Karl IV, 1537

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They trekked through innumerable northern German towns and cities wearing their unfamiliar Austrian style clothing

Imagine a long stream of people walking day after day from Saltzburg to Berlin, creating a sensation as they trekked through innumerable northern German towns and cities wearing their unfamiliar Austrian style clothing. In 1982 a German postage stamp celebrated this event on the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Salzburg Emigrants in Prussia in… Continue reading They trekked through innumerable northern German towns and cities wearing their unfamiliar Austrian style clothing

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Cranach’s Portrait of a Beardless Man in 1500 was widely used on German currency in 1960s

Lucas Cranach the Elder ...1472 to 1553... was a German Renaissance painter and printmaker in woodcut and engraving. He was court painter to the Electors of Saxony for most of his career, and is known for his portraits, both of German princes and those of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation. He embraced the Protestant… Continue reading Cranach’s Portrait of a Beardless Man in 1500 was widely used on German currency in 1960s

History Highlights, Notes on German Culture, Old Germany...lost territory

The German area of Alsace Lorraine was once again given to France in 1945

Alsace-Lorraine was territory west of the Rhine River that was part of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation.. For over 700 years It was known as Elsass-Lothringen... from the 10th to the 17th century... populated with people who for the most part spoke Alemannic German dialects. However, France long desired their eastern border… Continue reading The German area of Alsace Lorraine was once again given to France in 1945

Notes on German Culture, Old Germany...lost territory

Pictorial map of East and West Prussia

This pictorial map of East and West Prussia was produced in 1937. All of the major towns are pictorially represented on the map, notably with images of signature buildings, while the coat of arms of the towns line the edges of the printwork.  The body of water on top of map is named Ostsee which… Continue reading Pictorial map of East and West Prussia