Transitional Periods: Political Iconology – Architecture in Central Europe 1450–1800

Lecturers: PD Dr. Michael Gnehm
Time: Monday 11:00–12:00
Location: HIL E8

The notion “central Europe” is a highly politicised geographical term in historiography. During the period in question (1450-1800) the history of central Europe is primarily the history of the Holy Roman Empire and the House of Habsburg. Although the huge area was shaped by the Habsburg idea of empire, it was characterized by the particularistic sovereignty of the many territorial lords. Religious wars further complicated the situation. The lecture course analyses with regard to political and historical changes to what extent secular and sacred buildings in Germany, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Poland, Hungary, Switzerland, and Austria could assume functions as a bearer of political meaning.


Lectures Fall Term 2016
Lecture 1  Overview
Lecture 2  Renaissance and Gothic Architecture
Lecture 3  Reformation and Counter-Reformation
Lecture 4  Representation of Empire and Municipality
Lecture 5  Hybrid Architecture
Lecture 6  Mathematics of Power
Lecture 7  Representational Spaces of Illusion
Lecture 8  Universal Churches
Lecture 9  Absolutism and Enlightenment

Gnehm, Michael , «Die ‹alte und newe manier› in Vredeman de Vries’ Perspektive», in: Heiner Borggrefe and Vera Lüpkes (Hg.), Hans Vredeman de Vries und die Folgen, Marburg: Jonas Verlag, 2005, pp. 190–198.
Gnehm, Michael , «Rivalisierende Renaissancen: Schweizer Architektur des 16. Jahrhunderts», in: Zeitschrift für schweizerische Archäologie und Kunstgeschichte, 73 (1/2), 2016, pp. 9–24.


PD Dr. Michael Gnehm