When you think of libraries you think of books - but you might be surprised: beside maps, single sheet woodcuts, town views, portraits and further graphic reproductions also drawings, architecture plans and sketches enrich the holdings of Wuerzburg University Library. Discover the full graphic collection in our new image database Pictothek and find further image material such as manuscript illuminations, initials, book illustrations, decorative front pages and bindings!

Spalatin Chronicle

Georg Spalatin (1484-1545) particularly reknown as adviser and intimate of Martin Luther was actually a member of the court of Friedrich III of Sachsen, called Friedrich der Weise. In 1510 he began to write a chronicle about the history of Saxonians, Thuringians and the citizens of Meißen, from their beginnings up to the present time. Spalatin never managed to finish his work – the 4 existing pieces nevertheless are more than impressive: 3 big manuscripts, illuminated by the famous workshop of Cranach are today located in the Landesbibliothek Coburg, a fourth part is among the holdings of the Thüringische Hauptstaatsarchiv in Weimar. For the very first time the 4 parts are virtually united on Spalatin Online.

Libri Sancti Kiliani digital

The manuscripts of the former Würzburg Cathedral library – or the “libri Sancti Kyliani” as the ownership entry on the flyleaf reads – rank among the most prestigious collections of Würzburg University Library today. Once the carefully guarded private propriety of the Franconian apostle St. Kilian, these codices which bear testimony to Würzburg’s cultural history since the foundation of its bishopric in 742 are now to become accessible for everyone: A project promoted by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Bayerische Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst is about to digitise the complete collection of the Cathedral Library manuscripts preserved in Würzburg and to make them accessible via an innovative web portal.

Journey of Pfalzgraf Ottheinrich 1536/77

It is 1536 – Ottheinrich of Pfalz-Neuburg is 34 years old, quite fat and highly in debt. To avoid the threatening bankruptcy, he remembers a borrower‘s note in his possession - the dowry of his polish grandmother called Hedwig. It had never been actually paid off since the famous „Landshuter Hochzeit“ with Georg dem Reichen in 1475. In the autumn of the year 1536 Ottheinrich travels to Krakau and receives in fact the outstanding money - 32.000 gulden. His journey is accompanied by an artist, painting all the 50 resting places and capturing them in water colour.

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