An Artist Between Two Worlds? Anton Pilgram in German-Austrian and Czech Historiography



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MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The aim of the presentation is to give an overview and underline some of the main questions regarding the historiography of the artist figure of the architect and sculptor Anton Pilgram (Brno 1460 ? – Vienna 1515 ?). The two speakers approached this historiography from the two sides of the historiographic traditions existing: one the one hand, highlighting the frame of German-Austrian historiography on Pilgram, while in a second moment speaking about the Czech reception. One of the transversal questions for the two historiographic traditions is however the reception of the personality of Pilgram artist and the question of his attributions. The starting point of the reflection will be the historiographical point of view, analyzing first how the shift between the German and Czech holding of the city after WWII has affected the scholarly perception, while trying to understand the intellectual background of the scholars. For the Czech bibliography, the weight of the communist period is important, especially in the construction of a national identity, while on the German side, the crucial moment seems to be the “loss” of the city. This understanding of the underlying historiographical views about the artist can then lead us to reconsider Pilgram’s figure on the long term, but also help to refresh our perception of the objects themselves and mainly on the autoreferentiality of our historiography.
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