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GEORG GOTTLOB RICHTER

GEORG GOTTLOB RICHTER (1694–1773), Professor of Medicine, Johann Jakob Haid, ca. 1752, mezzotint, Art collection of the University of Göttingen

JOHANN MATTHIAS GESNER

JOHANN MATTHIAS GESNER (1691–1761), Professor of Poetry and Rhetoric, First Director of the Library, Johann Jakob Haid, ca. 1745, mezzotint, Art collection of the University of Göttingen

PRINT OF A SEGMENT FROM TOBIAS MAYERS’ UNFINISHED MOON GLOBE PROJECT

Due to the particularly velvety modelling, the art of mezzotint was a suitable technique for scientific illustrations. For his unfinished project of a moon globe, Tobias Mayer had his drawings of the surface of the celestial body carried out in individual segments as mezzotint because the craters and hills are particularly well accentuated in this …

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FRONTISPIECE

In the 17th century, portrait books of scholars became especially popular. Jean-Jacques Boissard’s portraits, which debuted in Frankfurt/Main between 1697-1599, became very well known. FRONTISPIECE, Jean Jacques Boissard: Bibliotheca chalcographica illustrium virtute […], Heidelberg 1669, State and University Library of Göttingen

Gabrielle Emilie Marquise du Chatelet

The french mathematician, physicist and philosopher Gabrielle Emilie Marquise du Chatelet (1706-1749) was one of the few women to be included in the journal ‘Bilder-Sal’.

03 GRAPHIC REPRESENTATIONS

Unlike oil paintings, graphic portraits are far more mobile and often produced in high volume. They can be sent out, bound into books and collected. The exhibited series of mezzotints show portraits of scholars from Göttingen who, between 1741 and 1755, were featured in the book “Bilder-sal heutiges Tages lebender und durch Gelahrtheit berühmter Schriftsteller” …

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