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The Myth of the Orient

Architecture and Ornament in the Age of Orientalism

Francine Giese and Ariane Varela Braga

This volume commemorates the 160th anniversary of the Selamlik of Oberhofen Castle near Thun – one of the most significant Swiss Orientalist interiors, designed by the Bernese architect Theodor Zeerleder (1820–1868) – by presenting the latest research on the spectacular smoking room inspired by the luxurious reception halls in Cairo, which Zeerleder discovered during his travels to the East. At the same time, this collection of essays explores the significance of the famous city on the Nile as a privileged model for 19th-century architecture and ornamentation, bringing together papers by Mercedes Volait (Paris), Romain Siegenfuhr (Paris), Richard Parisot (Besançon), Elke Pflugradt-Abdel Aziz (Düsseldorf), Tarek Ibrahim (Berlin), Vincenza Garofalo (Palermo), Andrea Lermer (München), Rémi Labrusse (Paris), Ariane Varela Braga (Zürich), Leïla el-Wakil (Genève), Francine Giese (Zürich) and Annette Loeffel (Bern).

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The Oberhofen conference and proceedings were conceived within the framework of the SNSF-project Mudejarismo and Moorish Revival in Europe. The editors would like to thank Christina Fankhauser and the Stiftung Schloss Oberhofen for their collaboration with the conference and are grateful to Nadja Koch for her precious help, especially in the final stages of the preparation of this volume, as well as to Christian Schweizer and Helena Lahoz Kopiske for their cooperation.

This publication has been made possible thanks to the support from the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Georges Bloch-Fonds. ← 5 | 6 → ← 6 | 7 →

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