Academic thesis

Andre Göpfert: Back
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Abstract: The medieval group of statues of “Der Magdeburger Reiter” (the rider of Magdeburg) displays the
emperor Otto the Great. He is escorted by two women, one with a spear, the other with a shield. It
could be said, that the group is made in the 13th century, because there is a stylistic
relationship to the younger sculptures, which you can see in the cathedral
of Magdeburg. By creating the “Magdeburger Reiter” the younger workshop of Magdeburg made
the earliest life‐sized and plastic sculpture (in the north of the Alps) that can be viewed from every
side. The sculptures of this group are made from sandstone (arenite). The actual status that you can
see is nearly the half of the original medieval appearance, after many repairs and restorations, but in
general they can be called “in good conditions”. The clarity and appearance of the surfaces is
negatively influenced by different kinds of contaminations.
In this work the summary of the results of the youngest restorational analysis is done and it should
be the base for further investigations. The documentation of the status of the sculptures is started,
including all supplementations and changes, but the whole documentation will be part of a further
research, because of its complexity and its big scope of work. On the basis of the macroscopic
findings a compilation of an inventory of all single elements like rocks, metals and mortar is done. It
was attempted to sort all used kinds of rocks according to their variety and to group them
afterwards. The intent of this grouping is to get an overview of the relative and historic succession of
the supplementations and changes. The inventory of the single elements as well as the grouping has
to be verified by further analysis, e.g. after an upcoming cleanup of the surfaces. In the results of the bibliographical researches the first conclusions about the original construction can be found.


  • academic institution: FH Erfurt
  • kind of theses:  Bachelorarbeit
  • date:  2012

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