Photography and drawing in Uhde’s Baudenkmäler

Baudenkmäler in Spanien und Portugal (1892) was the output of two journeys of Constantin Uhde to the Iberian Peninsula in 1888 and 1889 (Fig. 1). With this publication, Uhde aimed to give German readers an understanding for the architectural development of Spain and Portugal. To fulfil this purpose, Uhde selected the epochs and monuments he considered most important for the peninsular art history and illustrated them through drawings and photographies. He particularly enhanced al-Andalus, the Alhambra and the Cordobese mosque and made use of sketches to depict and analyse particular architectural features such as arcs, muqarnas or vegetal decoration (Figs. 2-3). The remarkable quallity of this publication is the incorporation of photography together with drawings - the predominant media. Photography offered a contextualised view of certain architectural features and conveyed a realistic rendition of the building (Figs. 4-8). – HLK

Uhde 1892. Piñar Samos 2003. Piñar Samos/Sánchez Gómez 2007.
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Fig. 1. Titel page "Baudenkmäler in Spanien und Portugal" (Uhde 1892).

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Fig. 2. Arches and arch systems from Córdoba, Sevilla, Toledo, and Zaragoza (Uhde 1892, p. 32, Figs. 43-50).

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Fig. 3. Ornaments from the Alhambra in Granada (Uhde 1892, p. 39, Figs. 108-111).