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080086 SE Seminar: The "Albertinischer Plan". National Treasure or Hoax? (2019W)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 21 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 08.10. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Tuesday 15.10. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Tuesday 22.10. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Tuesday 29.10. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Saturday 11.01. 09:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 1 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-07
Sunday 12.01. 09:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 1 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-07


Aims, contents and method of the course

The Seminar addresses students sharing a criminological interest: The so called City map of Vienna for King Albert II („Albertinischer Plan“; Wien Museum, Vienna) – showing the city in its shape during the 15th Century – is usually understood as a gift for the newlywed King Albert II and his wife. But taking in account all publications dealing with the object, it gets evident how controversially it is discussed since more than hundred years. The majority of the authors estimate it highly for being not only the oldest city map of Vienna, but one of the oldest town plan worldwide. Some authors however (M. Dreger u.a.) have pointed out incongruities within the map and thus argued that it were a fake produced in the 19th Century.

During the Seminar, which is designed as a platform without any fixed expectations, a broad variety of methods should be applied to collect as much arguments supporting or contradicting the two opinions mentioned. Whether a final decision can be taken at the end of the course cannot be determinated yet.

With respect to the opinion that the map were created in the 15th Century the following topics have to be examined: the urban development of Vienna in this very period (city wall, course of the Danube and the creek called „Als“, site and appearance of the depicted churches, of the city castle and the university etc.), the historical situation in Vienna (Austria and the Roman Empire) reigned by Albert II. Moreover: Vienna as a city of pilgrimage(?), cartographical and graphic characteristics (level curves, scale bar), paleographical und stylistic qualities. As fare as style is concerned, research has to be done to define the relation between the map and the arts in Vienna during the 15th Century as well as the art production in Pressburg (today’s: Bratislava) in the time of Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund of Luxembourg.

In regard to the opinion that the map is a fake, a couple of other questions have to be asked, for example whether comparable cases are known (i.e. other forgeries of city maps), when and how the Albert-city map appeared and how it found its way from its discoverer Heinrich Glax to its new owner Theodor Georg von Karajan, whether mistakes can be observed. Furthermore the relation between the Albert City map and younger city maps and bird’s views of Vienna should be investigated. Therefore not only the readiness to act like an detective where helpful but also a deep rooted interest in cultural studies.

Assessment and permitted materials

Presentation (30–45 minutes); Handout and PPT (one week before presentation to upload on moodle platform); term paper (due to February 29, 2020; upload on moodle platform, handover also in printed form); Participation includes constructive critique of other presentations.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Frequent participation; see „assessment“.

Examination topics

Mandatory course, no final examination.

Reading list

Ernst Bemleithner, Niederösterreich im Kartenbild der Zeiten, in: Unsere Heimat. Zeitschrift für Landeskunde von Niederösterreich, 24, 1953, S. 192.

Ernst Bemleithner, Die Entwicklung der Kartographie in Österreich, in: Berichte zur deutschen Landeskunde, 22, 1959, S. 157.

Felix Czeike (Hg.), Albertinischer Plan, in: Historisches Lexikon Wien, Bd. 1, Wien 1992, S. 40.

Moriz Dreger, Baugeschichte der k. k. Hofburg in Wien bis zum 19. Jahrhundert, Österreichische Kunsttopographie, 14, 1914, S. 88.

Karl Fischer, Textkommentar zum Albertinischen Plan, in: Wien. Stadtpläne und Ansichten ab dem 15. Jahrhundert, Historischer Atlas von Wien, Wien 201013; DVD.

Reinhard Härtel, Inhalt und Bedeutung des „Albertinischen Planes“ von Wien. Ein Beitrag zur Kartographie des Mittelalters, in: Mitteilungen des Instituts für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Wien/Graz/Köln 1979, S. 337ff.
Online: https://www.degruyter.com/abstract/j/miog.1979.87.issue-jg/miog.1979.87.jg.337/miog.1979.87.jg.337.xml

Josef Holzapfel, Die Wien. Vom Kaiserbrünndl bis zur Donau, Erfurt 2014, S. 13ff.

Max Kratochwill, Zur Frage der Echtheit des „Albertnischen Plan“ von Wien, in: Jahrbuch des Vereins für Geschichte der Stadt Wien, 29, 1973, S. 7ff.

Max Kratochwill, Neues zum „Albertinsichen Plan“ von Wien, in: Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Geographischen Gesellschaft, 116, 1974, S. 202ff.

Max Kratochwill, Albertinischer Plan, in: Ingrid Kretschmer u.a. (Hg.), Lexikon zur Geschichte der Kartographie. Von den Anfängen bis zum Ersten Weltkrieg, Bd. 1, Wien 1986, S. 10.

Karl Lind, Plan der Stadt Wien aus der ersten Hälfte des 15. Jahrhunderts, in: Berichte und Mitteilungen des Altertums-Vereins zu Wien, 10, 1869, S. 223ff.

Ferdinand Opll, Wien im Bild historischer Karten. Die Entwicklung der Stadt bis n die Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts, Wien/Köln/Weimar 20042.

Ferdinand Opll, Schutz und Symbol. Zur Stadtbefestigung von Wien vom hohen Mittelalter bis zur Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts, in: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Kunst und Denkmalpflege, 64, 2011, S. 12–21.

Ferdinand Opll/Martin Stürzlinger, Wiener Ansichten und Pläne von den Anfängen bis 1609. Mit einem Neufund aus Gorizia/Görz aus der Mitte des 16. Jahrhunderts, Wiener Geschichtsblätter Beiheft 4/2013.

Richard Schuster, Zappert’s „Ältester Plan von Wien“, Sitzungsberichte der philosophisch-historischen Classe der kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 127/6, Wien 1892.
Online: https://www.digital.wienbibliothek.at/wbrobv/content/titleinfo/1118590

Franz Wawrik u.a. (Hg.), Österreich auf alten Karten und Ansichten. Austria picta (Ausst. Kat. der Kartensammlung der Österreichschen Nationalbibliothek, 1989), Graz 1989, S. 342.

Carl Weiß, Wien’s ältester Stadtplan aus den Jahren 1438–1455, Wien 1869.

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