Tuesday & Wednesday, 4th & 5th December
It was raining Tuesday morning so we waited until about 1300 to go out. I did a sketch of the view out our window while we waited for the rain to pass.
Once we were walking around the city, it still rained a bit so we decided to get out of the rain to tour through St. Lorenz.
Walking through the shopping district, we passed a Staedtler Welt (World) store. In the window was a man in period dress making pencils in the old fashioned way. “The roots of the name can be traced back to 1662, the year in which references to Friedrich Staedtler as a pencil-making craftsman were made in the city annuals of Nuremberg.”
Inside the store there was also a “build your own pen” display. The options were ink roller or fountain pen.
While passing “The Beautiful Fountain” in the square, we did take that opportunity to turn the ring. Its mythology is that turning the ring will make certain you return to Nuremberg. It’s worked so far!
After breakfast on Wednesday I went out to go to the Albrecht Durer Haus. However, I just walked in and out again. Took some photos around the square. There is an odd sculpture of a rabbit there. I later learned this is “Der Hase”by Jürgen Goertz. “One of the newest figures in this medieval city, the statue shows a crazed bronze rabbit stumbling and crushing at least one human (possibly Albrecht Dürer?) beneath him. … It has been described as ‘one of the world’s ugliest pieces of public art’. The statue is actually an ode to Nürnberg’s favorite son, Albrecht Dürer. The artist was born, lived, and died in this city. Though it appears much less quaint, it is inspired by Dürer’s painting of Der Feldhase (The Rabbit).”
Then I walked down the street and over on another, where I discovered a small bookbindery. I went in and had a nice conversation with the craftsman, Wilhelm Kratzer, and his friend, who was photographing a book-ish still life for a Christmas card. Between my bit of German and the friend’s bit of English, we had a nice conversation.
I walked back up to the square, where I settled down to draw the Durer house.