The travel journal and book of recipes of Ulrich Daniel Metzger

The travel journal and book of recipes of Ulrich Daniel Metzger (b.1671), reverse glass painter and glazier, is an extremely revealing source for the life of an artist, and for the technology of art in the eighteenth century. The aim of the project is to analyse the manuscript, to make it digitally available and intellectually accessible, and to use it to explore important questions concerning the history and technology of art. In the process, the analysis will serve as an exemplar for research into a specific group of artists and a particular period that have until now been neglected in art-historical studies.

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Project management

Sophie Wolf 


Elisa Ambrosio
Uta Bergmann
Marion Gartenmeister
Sophie Wolf

Partners digital edition

text & bytes GmbH
Herrmann Germann Zürich

Duration of the project

June 2018 – November 2022


funded by SNSF (project no. 100016_178961/1)

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Digital edition of the manuscript



Sophie Wolf, Katharina Schmidt-Ott, Uta Bergmann, ‘Roth Loth vomSeel[igen] H[errn] Hanß Jac[ob] Güder’– Untersuchungen zum Rotlotrezept im Reise- und Rezeptbuch von Ulrich Daniel Metzger, Zeitschrift für Schweizerische Archäologie und Kunstgeschichte 79 (2022), 1, 53–66.

Elisa Ambrosio, Sophie Wolf, «Bleÿgelb, Umbra únd Silbergledt». Les recettes de couleurs du peintre-verrier et peintre sous verre Ulrich Daniel Metzger, in: NIKE-Bulletin 1 (2019), 48–51. Download PDF 

Uta Bergann, Yves Jolidon, Das Reise- und Rezeptbüchlein des Speyrer Glas- und Hinterglasmalers Ulrich Daniel Metzger. In K. Boulanger & M. Hérold (Eds.), Le vitrail et les traités du Moyen Âge à nos jours: actes du XXIIIe Colloque International du Corpus Vitrearum, Tours 3–7 juillet 2006. Bern 2008.

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