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Portable altar (Portatile), first half of 12th century, and two reliquary caskets, 14th and 16th (?) centuries, Fritzlar, Basilica of St. Peter, treasury and museum.
Photograph: Ludwig Bickell, 1882, glass plate negative, wet-plate collodion process, 16 x 21 cm. Bildarchiv Foto Marburg / on permanent loan from the Marburg Historical Society (Photo No. 810.878).

   

Ludwig Bickell's photographs in the "Register of Cultural Objects of National Importance"

Marburg native Ludwig Bickell (1838-1901) counts as one of the pioneers of photography and cultural heritage preservation in Hesse. He laid the foundation for today's Marburg University Museum with his collection of "Hessian antiquities". In 1892 he was voted in as First Conservator of the Administrative District of Kassel by the Prussian "District Commission for Research and Protection of Monuments".

As early as 1870, Bickell traveled with his own plate camera primarily through Hesse in order to make a photographic documentation of historic buildings and structures in cities and in the countryside. He took around 3,000 pictures in the course of his life in the form of large-scale glass plate negatives. Most of these show individual structures and ensembles, of which many have now been destroyed or altered. Bickell also caught collectibles on film, such as the portable altar shown here and the two reliquary caskets from the treasury of the basilica in Fritzlar, to demonstrate the high level of Hessian arts and crafts in the Middle Ages.

In the spring of 2014, Bickell's photographic works will be entered into the "Register of Cultural Objects of National Importance" valid for Hesse according to the Cultural Assets Protection Act of the Federal Republic of Germany.

His photographic legacy is now kept in the Bildarchiv Foto Marburg on permanent loan from the Marburg Historical Society (Marburger Geschichtsverein e.V.). All glass plate negatives have been examined in regard to technical restoration, high-def digitized and documented under the aspect of photographic history within the scope of the ongoing DFG project "Photographic Negatives".

From now until March 16, 2014, a cabinet exhibition in Marburg Castle, where the University Museum was founded, will be presenting a selection of Bickell's masterful photographs in high-quality prints, supplemented by his publications and documents from the time the photographs were made.

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Last modified: 05.02.2014 · Heekyung Reimann

 
 
 
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