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Section of an Alpine model from the Cabinet of Curiosities in the Berlin Palace

  • Object
  • Joachim E. Müller
  • 1817-1818

The relief of the Swiss Alps was one of the main attractions in the Cabinet of Curi­osities. Assembled from ten pieces, it provided an overview of the mountain rangesand valleys with a precision that had never before been achieved. At 4.9 × 2.6 metres in size, Joachim E. Müller’s model was not only a cartographic masterpiece, but also undoubtedly a breathtaking sight. The final panel, which still exists, was added upon there commendation of Alexander von Humboldt in 1821. It shows the upper Rhône valley and the Aletsch glacier in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. The relief was made from plaster and then painted, with small mirrors inserted as lakes.

Detailed information

2nd Title (Original)
Topographisches Relief der Schweizer Alpen (Oberes Rhône-Tal, Aletschgletscher)
Involved Persons/Corporate Bodies
Joachim E. Müller
Period Produced
Exhibition Format
Gips; Holz; Spiegel
18,0 x 99,5 x 123,5 cm
Exhibition Location
O1.083.02.B3 E28001V Humboldt Labor, Hauptsaal
Exhibition & Module
DA01 Flashbacks / DA01 Flashback 17 Section of an Alpine model from the Cabinet of Curiosities / MG Media Guide / MG Free Flow 01 History of the Site - Flashbacks
Owner/Managing Institution
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Geographisches Institut
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Geographisches Institut
Inventory Number
o. Inv. Nr.
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