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one of the five principal committees used to assemble. It is exactly in
the state in which it was left 400 years ago. All that was considered
worth preserving at the restoration of the church is kept here and in the
chapel of St. Nicholas (see below), such as antiquities of the middle ages,
and fragments of the nine frescoes of the celebrated Bale Death-dance, painted
at the commencement of the 15th cent, in commemoration of the plague,
and erroneously attributed to Holbein. In the Chapel of St. Nicholas,
beneath the Council Hall, may be seen the Lallenkbnig, a large head formerly
placed on the clock-tower of the Rhine bridge (taken down in 1839), which
rolled its eyes and protruded its long tongue ('Lalli') at each stroke of the
pendulum, erected in derision of the inhabitants of Klein Basel in conse¬
quence of some dispute.
On the S. side of the Choir are extensive ^Cloisters, con¬
structed in the years 1362, 1400, and 1487, connecting the church
with the Episcopal palace, and employed as family burial-places.
These cloisters extend to the Pfalz, a terrace behind the Miin¬
ster , rising 78' immediately above the Rhine, and deriving its
name from an imperial Pfalz, or palace, to which it is said for¬
merly to have belonged. It is planted with chestnuts, and affords
a pleasing prospect of the green river and the dark heights of
the Black Forest. Below the Pfalz are the swimming and bathing
establishments, and above the most western of the latter is the
Reading Club (p. 1). Behind the Miinster is the house of Eras¬
mus of Rotterdam; near it, a statue of Oecolampadius.
In the street leading from the Miinsterplatz in a N.W. direc¬
tion to the bridge, is the *Museum (PI. 14), open to the public
on Sundays from 10 to 12, and Wednesdays from 2 to 4 o'clock
(collection of engravings open on Thursdays from 2 to 5); on other
days admission 1 fr. It contains a picture-gallery and collections
of natural and scientific curiosities.
The Picture Gallery is chiefly remarkable for the paintings and
drawings which it contains of the younger Holbein (b. at Augsburg 1498,
d. at London 1554). The Staircase is adorned with frescoes of Geea,
Flora, and Apollo by Bbcklin; then three cartoons for the ceiling-paint¬
ing in the choir of St. Ludwig's church at Munich, by Cornelius; Chriem-
hilde's lament, the cartoon of a picture in the Nibelungen Saloon at
Munich, by Schnorr; Moses breaking the Tables of the Law, the cartoon
of a painting in the Chateau of Rheineck, by Steinle; also a number of
casts from sculptures by Canova, Rietschel, Hahnel, Chaponniere, and
Trippel, and a statue of Jason with the golden fleece, in marble, by
Schlbth. — Ante-Room. 2—14. Old and modern copies of Holbein's ob¬
literated frescoes in the Council Chamber; pictures by old masters of
Bale and other places in Switzerland. — Drawings. Among them are
84 by H. Holbein and 96 by Swiss and Upper Rhenish masters. 87—89.
A. Holbein, 91 — 100. H. Holbein, 127 — 130. M. Schongauer, 131 — 134.
H. Baldung Griin, 135—137. A. Diirer, 140. H. Sebald Beham, 145. H.
Schdufelin; then, 155. Raphael, God commanding Noah to build the ark,
the design for a painting on the dome of the Stanza dell'Eliodoro in the
Vatican; 156. Titian, Landscape with the flight to Egypt. — Pictures.
A. **Holbein Room. 7, 8. Schoolmaster's signboard of 1516; *13. Portrait
of Boniface Amerbach; 14. The burgomaster Jacob Meyer and his wife;
16, 17, 18. Erasmus; 19. The dead body of Christ, of startling fidelity,
which is said to have been painted from that of a drowned Jew; *20.
Wife and children of the painter; 21. Last Supper; 11. Lais Corinthiaca,
the portrait of a lady of the noble family of Offenburg; 23. The same
lady as Venus with Cupid; **26. The Passion in eight separate scenes,
formerly in the Rathhaus, for which Elector Maximilian offered 30,00011.