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Lebkuchen Schmidt's Festive Chest 2019: Inside and Out
Part One - The OutsideLebkuchen Schmidt – famous for its authentic Nuremberg German gingerbread – is also famous for the collection of chests and tins it designs each year. The beautiful metal containers are often illustrated with scenes of the city from various periods of history.
The always most popular Festive Chest – the largest of the chests – is decorated for 2019 with an illustration of the home that Nuremberg favourite son Albrecht Dürer lived in from 1509 until his death in 1528.
The house was built around 1420 and lies in the extreme north-west of Nuremberg's Altstadt (Old City), near the Kaiserburg section of the Nuremberg Castle and the Tiergärtnertor of Nuremberg's city walls. The construction style of the house is called "fachwerk" or "half-timbered" referring to the fact that the bottom half of the house is made of sandstone and the top floors are made of timbers.
Today the house is a city museum – the Albrecht-Dürer-Haus Museum that celebrates the contributions of Dürer as a painter, print maker, graphic artist and thinker. According to the website a tour of the four-story house reveals the famed artist through many different aspects of his life and work. A special attraction is the large painting and printing workshop, where artistic techniques from Dürer's time are demonstrated.
Odes to Dürer appear in various places around Nuremberg – the statue near the Tiergartentor of a rabbit is based on Dürer's painting of Der Feldhase (The Rabbit); the design of the statue called Das Narrenschiff is based on woodcuts by Dürer; and the Albrecht-Dürer-Denkmal (Memorial) in Albrecht-Dürer-Platz.
This is me standing in front of the Memorial in the summer of 2018 when I got to visit the city with my middle daughter after picking her up from her German Exchange experience.
Albrecht Dürer’s portrait, home and works have graced a number of Lebkuchen Schmidt chests and tins over the years.
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