Friday, October 31, 2014

Garden History 18C Over There - Early 18C Bavarian Gardens & Grounds

1701 Bavarian Views with Gardens.  Haimbhausen Castle. Michael Wening (Bavarian artist, 1645-1718)  Historico-Topographica Descriptio. Detail

Michael Wening (1645-1718) was a Bavarian engraver known for his depictions of cityscapes & views of stately homes, castles & monasteries in the Bavaria of his day.  His concept was to publish a visual account of Bavaria’s 4 districts called Historico-Topographica Descriptio. He began in 1696, & had finished more than 100 drawings within the first 2 months.  The 1st volume appeared in 1701, but work on the other 3 volumes was delayed by Austria’s occupation of Bavaria.  At least 1 volume was published after his death in 1718.

A great alternative view of the gardens & grounds from Michael Wening thanks to the Bavarian State Library & Daniel Seuffert of Munich, Germany!