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1000-franc note

Main colour: Violet
Dimensions: 181 x 74 mm
Date of issue: 1 April 1998
Personality: Jacob Burckhardt
 

Remember this man's picture.

The portrait on the front of the 1000-franc note shows Jacob Burckhardt (1818-1897), one of the most distinguished German-speaking historians of culture of the 19th century. He is famous primarily for his well-founded and artistically sensitive interpretation of the Italian Renaissance and his guide to the art treasures of Italy, a work that has become a classic. Burckhardt's works form the basis for the modern scientific study of art history. Even today, his concept of the Renaissance shapes our understanding of the modern age. As a historian, Jacob Burckhardt applied his literary skill to historiography, and his work is considered a classic of academic prose. In particular, he described the main currents in comparable periods which remained constant over time. Instead of presenting a linear description of history, Burckhardt approached the task from a cross-cultural perspective.

 
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Microtext (front)

DER HISTORIKER JACOB BURCKHARDT VERBINDET IN DER ANALYSE VON EPOCHEN UND IHREN ÜBERGÄNGEN KULTURTYPOLOGISCHE UND KUNSTGESCHICHTLICHE ANSÄTZE - SEIN KONZEPT DER RENAISSANCE PRÄGT BIS HEUTE DAS VERSTÄNDNIS DER NEUZEIT - ER ZÄHLT ZU DEN BEGRÜNDERN DER KUNSTWISSENSCHAFT

L'ISTORICHER JACOB BURCKHARDT ASSOCIESCHA EN L'ANALISA DA LAS EPOCAS E DA LAS TRANSIZIUNS NOZIUNS DA TIPOLOGIA CULTURALA E D'ISTORGIA D'ART - SES CONCEPT DA LA RENASCHIENTSCHA MARCA ANC OZ NOSSA CHAPIENTSCHA DAL TEMP MODERN - EL VALA SCO IN DALS FUNDATURS DA LA SCIENZA D'ART

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Antiquity

For Jacob Burckhardt, the Pergamon Altar in Berlin was the central expression of Greek art and culture. The section of the frieze shows the struggle between the Titans and the Olympic gods. The altar reflects Burckhardt's unsentimental approach to Greek antiquity.

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Ancient architecture

The Pantheon in Rome, a picture of which hung in Burckhardt's study, is considered the greatest and most perfect rotunda in ancient Roman architecture. It became a model for the most important buildings of the Renaissance.

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Renaissance

The Renaissance assumes an especially prominent place in Burckhardt's opus. The 1000-franc note shows a section of the façade of Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, whose windows are considered to be the finest of that era. The text in the background is taken from Burckhardt's 'Reflections on History'.

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View of history

Jacob Burckhardt breaks history down into historical epochs. He describes them according to the changes that took place in architecture, sculpture and painting and relates these phenomena to government, religion and culture.

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Microtext (back)

L'HISTORIEN JACOB BURCKHARDT ASSOCIE DANS L'ANALYSE DES ÉPOQUES ET DE LEURS TRANSITIONS DES NOTIONS DE TYPOLOGIE CULTURELLE ET D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART - SON CONCEPT DE LA RENAISSANCE MARQUE ENCORE AUJOURD'HUI NOTRE COMPRÉHENSION DES TEMPS MODERNES - IL COMPTE PARMI LES FONDATEURS DE LA CONNAISSANCE DE L'ART

NELL'ANALISI DELLE EPOCHE E DELLE LORO TRANSIZIONI LO STORICO JACOB BURCKHARDT ASSOCIA NOZIONI DI TIPOLOGIA CULTURALE E NOZIONI DI STORIA DELL'ARTE - LA SUA CONCEZIONE DEL RINASCIMENTO INFLUENZA ANCORA OGGI LA NOSTRA COMPRENSIONE DEI TEMPI MODERNI - EGLI CONTA TRA I FONDATORI DELLA SCIENZA DELL'ARTE

Curriculum vitae: Jacob Burckhardt
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