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Today in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung:
Preview of the book Sabina, Rekonstruktion einer Recherche.

The book will be published on April 17, 2023 by Textem Verlag, Hamburg

Wiebke Elzel,
Sabina, Rekonstruktion einer Recherche (Reconstructing a Research),

416 pages,
194 color and b/w photographs,
text ( german)
Design: arc, Timo Grimberg
hardcover, 16,4 × 23,5 cm
44,00 €

The book was funded by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa des Landes Berlin.

About the book:
Who was Sabina von Steinbach?

If one follows her portrayal on the figure frieze in the staircase of the Old National Gallery in Berlin, she was an important medieval sculptress. However, she probably never existed. Why was she nevertheless, as the only female artist, included in that central frieze of famous personalities at the end of the 19th century?

Starting from this question, extensive research began in libraries, archives, museums, churches and other places in Germany and France. Contradictory statements and strange theories from more than four centuries were gathered. The book retraces this search, including misdirections and detours.
The result is a feminist manifesto that analyses different perspectives with a decidedly subjective approach.