The Blue Flower - Flowers in Romanticism - with Thoralf Weiß and Ingrid Handt

5/23/24 in Greifswald

The Blue Flower - Flowers in Romanticism - with Thoralf Weiß and Ingrid Handt, © KPM

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  • Thursday, May 23, 202419:00 o'clock
Lecture & Science, Naturally Romantic

"So follow me, friends, into the garden!" Heinrich von Kleist in "Prince Frederick of Homburg" 1809/10

In Romanticism, the blue flower stands for the distant, the infinite, the unattainable and is not specifically characterized by its author Novalis. However, the metaphor has its origins in the fact that pure blue flowers are very rare in the plant world and therefore also seem unattainable. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the language of flowers was omnipresent. Coded messages were passed on through the flower. Each flower had its own meaning, and texts could also be written through flowers. In the time of Caspar David Friedrich, Greifswald also had a diverse floral culture, which was certainly promoted by the Botanical Garden as a propagator of rare species. The plants cultivated at that time can be traced in the inventories and in the university's herbarium. We also encounter the plants of the time in surviving drawings and early photographs. In the greenhouse of the Botanical Garden, this salon aims to bring us closer to the plant culture of 200 years ago and tell us about the abundance of flowers in times gone by. Admission is free. Registration at: https://www.eventbrite.de/e/856948314477?aff=oddtdtcreator

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Event dates
  • Thursday, May 23, 2024 19:00 o'clock
Event Location

Münterstraße 2
17489 Greifswald


+49 3834 420 1130
Contact the organiser

Münterstraße 2
17489 Greifswald


+49 3834 420 1130