With Ink and Feather

Letters of Yesteryear

What is writing? How has it developed and what materials were used for writing? A panel painting from 1485 shows medieval writing utensils. The effort of book production before the invention of the letterpress is the subject of a painting, which shows a handwritten herbarium among other things. A number of writing sets, as were common in the 18th century, can be found between many other vessels. A Baroque writing cabinet, which was produced in 1727 for a 14-year old aristocrat, finally opens its secret compartments. During the practical part of the tour, historic writing implements (stylus, reed pen, goose quill, steel nib, slate pencil) can be tried out and a Baroque letter can be drafted and sealed by the author.

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Museum für Franken
Staatliches Museum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte
incl. Museum im Fürstenbau

1st April to 31st October
10 - 17
1st November to 31st March
10 - 16
Closed on Mondays
Opening hours on public holidays


Museum für Franken
Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte

Festung Marienberg
97082 Würzburg

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