Saturday, July 18, 2015

17C Bavarian Gardens & Grounds by Michael Wening (1645-1718)


 Osterhofen Abbey by Michael Wening (Bavarian artist, 1645-1718)

Michael Wening (1645-1718) was a Bavarian engraver known for his cityscapes & views of stately homes, castles & monasteries in the Bavaria of his day.  His concept was to publish a visual account of Bavaria’s 4 districts called Historico-Topographica Descriptio. He began in 1696, & had finished more than 100 drawings within the first 2 months.  The 1st volume appeared in 1701, but work on the other 3 volumes was delayed by Austria’s occupation of Bavaria.  At least 1 volume was published after his death in 1718. 

In landscape architecture, the built environment is understood to mean a man-made landscape, as distinguished from the natural environment.  The man-made, built environment is a material, spatial, & cultural product of human labor, that allows man to try to exercise some control over nature. Here man produces physical spaces to help meet his practical needs such as shelter & protection; working; producing sustenance; & courting & reproducing.  After man has met his basic needs, man's personal built environment also allows him to manipulate the surrounding ecological & geological conditions in an attempt to project his desired status, power, & image to others.

 Schloss Haidenburg by Michael Wening (Bavarian artist, 1645-1718)



 Schloss Niederaichbach by Michael Wening (Bavarian artist, 1645-1718)



 Schloss Niederstraubing by Michael Wening (Bavarian artist, 1645-1718)



 Schloss Poxau by Michael Wening (Bavarian artist, 1645-1718)



 Schloss Trausnitz by Michael Wening (Bavarian artist, 1645-1718)



 Schloss Wolfersdorf by Michael Wening (Bavarian artist, 1645-1718)



 Schloss Zangberg by Michael Wening (Bavarian artist, 1645-1718)



 Stift Osterhofen by Michael Wening (Bavarian artist, 1645-1718)


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