Thun-Panorama. The oldest preserved round painting in the world

Marquard Wocher, Das Panorama von Thun und dessen Umgegend, 1809-1814 (Detail), Kunstmuseum Thun, Depositum Gottfried Keller-Stiftung, © Gottfried Keller-Stiftung, Foto: Beny Hofer

2. March – 28. November 2021


The Basel artist Marquard Wocher created Switzerland’s first panorama between 1809 and 1814. Fascinated by the Bernese Oberland, he painted a 38-metre-long circular image of the small town of Thun and its surroundings, with views stretching as far as the Alps of the Bernese Oberland. The panorama gives us a richly detailed look at everyday life in Thun 200 years ago, telling countless stories that turn it into a hidden object picture for the delight of young and old alike. The panorama is the world’s oldest surviving circular painting.