Sabina von Steinbach, Frieze by Otto Geyer, 1870—75 (detail),
stairwell of the Alte Nationalgalerie
4 Karlsruhe, Kunsthalle
Wherein, among other things, it becomes apparent that an artist also copies himself sometimes
5 Mainz, Municipal Scientific Library
Wherein a long novella is studied repeatedly and in great detail
View from Trifels Castle of the Anebos and Scharfenberg castle ruins.
Southern Wine Route, Rhineland-Palatinate.
7 Karlsruhe, Baden State Library, Reading Room Collection
Wherein it turns out that some reading can lead to great confusion
Eduard Duller, Die Geschichte des deutschen Volkes von Eduard Duller. Mit hundert Holzschnitten nach Originalzeichnungen von Ludwig Richter und J. Kirchhoff.
(History of the German People: With one-hundred Woodcuts after Original Drawings by Ludwig Richter and J. Kirchhoff).
Leipzig: G. Wigand, 1840, page 255 (detail)
Alfred Woltmann, Streifzüge im Elsaß. VIII. Das Straßburger Münster,
(Strolls through Alsace. VIII. Strasbourg Cathedral).
Zeitschrift für bildende Kunst, Volume 9, 1874, page 329.
10 Heidelberg, University Library, Manuscript Reading Room
About a little four hundred year old book of great impact
12 Strasbourg, Cathedral, South Transept Portal
Wherein a board fence is photographed and what lies behind it can be seen in another photographer’s shot
14 Mont Sainte-Odile, Hohenbourg Castle
Wherein a special water and several extraordinary women surface
15 Berlin, W.’s study
Wherein two similar chapters in two different books are examined and a third one calls everything into question
Susan Raven and Alison Weir, Women of Achievement,Thirty-five Centuries of History,
1981, London: Harmony Books. Page 213.
16 Bamberg, Cathedral Square
About the comparison of some medieval sculptures in different cities
and a growing uneasiness when looking at them
18 Berlin, Alte Nationalgalerie
Wherein, upon reading a dissertation, an altered date is revealed and another Sabina is discovered that had long been overlooked
In the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) in Berlin, there is a frieze of figures in the stairwell dating from 1875. It gathers 121 people who were considered significant at the time for an intended German historiography. Among them are only four women, one is the medieval sculptress Sabina von Steinbach, who is said to have once worked on the Strasbourg Cathedral. However, this artist probably never existed. Why has she nevertheless become part of this canon, which remains unchanged to this day?
Starting from this question, the research began.