Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Goethe at Ilmenau

Jan Luyken, Gold and Silver Mining in Hungary (1682)
This posting is also a bit of an odd and end. My friend Barbara flew down to join me for a few days in Aruba. She is a picture researcher and has recently been set loose studying the collection of the Rijksmuseum, which is making all of its images (in time, anyway) available to the public. Yesterday she drew my attention to the above image, which shows a silver and gold mine in Hungary in the 17th century.

Alto Vista Chapel, Aruba
Today also marks the day in 1784, when work at the Ilmenau mine was officially inaugurated, a ceremony at which Goethe addressed the dignitaries and workers. (See my earlier post on this subject.)

We went out to view the Alto Vista chapel, first built in 1750. It is located on Aruba's rugged north coast.

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