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Adalbert Stifter and the Solar Eclipse

 
 
Adalbert Stifter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 15, 2017
1. Adalbert Stifter Marker
Inscription.
Von hier aus beobachtete
Adalbert Stifter
am 8. Juli 1842
die einzige im Wien der Neuzeit
eingetretene totale

Sonnenfinsternis

Errichtet 1994 auf Initiative des Jugendclubs
"Dingi-Vindemiatrix"
mit Förderung durch die MA7


[English translation:]
On July 8, 1842, Adalbert Stifter observed the only total solar eclipse seen in Vienna in modern times from here.

Installed in 1994 on the initiative of the Dingi-Vindiemiatrix youth group, with the support of the MA7.
 
Erected 1994 by Dingi-Vindemiatrix.
 
Location. 48° 12.706′ N, 16° 22.45′ E. Marker is in Vienna, Wien, in Innenstadt. Marker is at the intersection of Seitenstettengasse and Judengasse, on the right when traveling east on Seitenstettengasse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Seitenstettengasse 2, Vienna, Wien 1010, Austria.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Belvedere Film Productions (within shouting distance of this marker); Moritz von Schwind (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Mozart Lived Here (approx.
Adalbert Stifter and the Solar Eclipse Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 15, 2017
2. Adalbert Stifter and the Solar Eclipse Marker - Wide View
Above the eclipse marker is a related marker indicating that Adalbert Stifter lived in this house from 1842 to 1848.
0.3 kilometers away); Charles de L'Ecluse (Clusius) (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Leoš Janáček (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); O5 (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); a different marker also named Mozart Lived Here (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Franz Schubert (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vienna.
 
Regarding Adalbert Stifter and the Solar Eclipse. Without more context, the marker can be a bit puzzling. Obviously, he was not the only person in Vienna at the time to have observed the eclipse. What is missing is that he was a noted author and wrote a long personal essay about the experience of watching the eclipse, and the essay is well-regarded. Hence the marker. Although the essay might seem a bit overwrought in this day and age, it must be remembered his observation was pre-internet, pre-mass media, and (essentialy) pre-photograph - describing the experience solely in written terms was the only means of doing so.
 
Also see . . .
1. Adalbert Stifter (Wikipedia). "Adalbert Stifter (23 October 1805 – 28
Adalbert Stifter Marker- Wider View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 15, 2017
3. Adalbert Stifter Marker- Wider View
January 1868) was an Austrian writer, poet, painter, and pedagogue. He was especially notable for the vivid natural landscapes depicted in his writing and has long been popular in the German-speaking world, while remaining almost entirely unknown to English readers." (Submitted on August 18, 2017.) 

2. The Solar Eclipse on July 8th, 1842 (Project Muse, Adalbert Stifter, trans. Joyce Holland). An English-language excerpt of Stifter's essay. (Submitted on August 18, 2017.) 
 
Additional keywords. Astronomy
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
Adalbert Stifter image. Click for full size.
By Postcard based on an watercolor painting, publisher unknown, circa 1840
4. Adalbert Stifter
The Solar Eclipse of 1842 image. Click for full size.
By Adalbert Stifter, circa 1842
5. The Solar Eclipse of 1842
"...once I stood on a lookout point high above the entire town and regarded the phenomenon with my own eyes, there naturally occurred entirely other things, which I had never thought of either waking or dreaming, and about which no one thinks who has not seen this miracle.— Never, ever in my entire life was I so shaken, from terror and sublimity so shaken, as in these two minutes—it was nothing other than if God had all at once spoken a clear word and I had understood it...."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 131 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on August 17, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   2. submitted on August 18, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   3. submitted on August 17, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   4, 5. submitted on August 18, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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