The danger of the kite on the veste coburg is now gone. The now ended coarse special exhibition "dragon’s blood and heroic courage led back to the time when dragons were still corporeal – people really believed in their physical existence – or symbolic existential threat to mankind. It took heroes with superhuman strength and then increasingly the active intervention of the christian god to put them to death. – go away blob with all the cuddly dragons and downright godly guardian animals of today, they are a complete reinterpretation of the ancient motive. We don’t have to be against them; all the fantasy movies and books today, they’re just wonderful. What could be seen on the veste for a quarter of a year – some details in the graphics were not exactly youth-friendly in their cruelty and in the depiction of fear and terror.
A book, a book
An exhibition, especially when it is as lively and imaginative as the curator stephanie knoll, who is responsible for the graphic collection at the veste, has managed to make it, is one thing. A book is something else, above all something lasting. To accompany the dragon’s blood exhibition, the publishing house schnell + steiner, with the help of the niederfullbacher stiftung, has published a rough illustrated book. The works of art on display at the veste are illustrated in high-quality print and explained in detail, their motifs interpreted and their historical background explained.
This means that anyone who visited the exhibition and was exhausted after looking at three or four of these extremely detailed works by durer (1471 – 1528), the effective dutch copper engraver hendrick goltzius (1558 – 1617), the fantastic cranach and all the other great masters – which is no wonder in view of the often teeming, hundreds of pages of drawings, drawings, drawings, drawings, drawings, which is not at all surprising in view of the often teeming, almost hundred-page picture stories on a few square centimeters – who can now penetrate this medium, which has basically become foreign to us today, sitting on the sofa and take his time discovering the fantastic stories. After all, it’s not "only" about to enjoy art.