Maximilian Speck von Sternburg was one of the 19th century’s major art enthusiasts; together with her husband, Marion Bühler-Brockhaus compiled a significant collection of 19th century French paintings; Harald Falckenberg from Hamburg is among the most prominent contemporary collectors. With their dedication, they – and many others – join ranks in an over 150-year-old tradition: around 1858, Leipzig-based merchants, publishers, retailers and bankers founded the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts. Since then, numerous collectors have followed in their footsteps and have generously contributed endowments and gifts to the museum. Their private passion and their personal touch are ever-present on a stroll through the collection.Visit website
The Museum Schnütgen has a valuable collection of medieval art on exhibit in one of Cologne’s oldest churches. Many of them are in and of themselves already worth a trip, such as the radiant Parler Bust, the expressive Crucifix from St. George and the unique so-called Comb of St. Heribert, a filigree ivory carving.
The scope of the collection ranges from wooden and stone sculptures, valuable works of the goldsmith’s art and stained glass to rare ivories and textiles.
Ulm, GermanyVisit website
The Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (ZI) in Munich is the only independent art historical research institute in Germany. As a research institution with both national and international orientation and networks, the Zentralinstitut is a locus of art historical research. With its rich program of scholarly events open to the public the ZI understands its role as a forum for scholarly exchange and discussion of current methodological issues and topics in art history.
The ZI has one of the largest and most significant art historical libraries worldwide, counting over 560,000 volumes and around 1,100 current periodical subscriptions. These join the image holdings of its photographic archive (c. 900,000 items) as well as numerous international online resources and databases to make the ZI a major service institution offering outstanding opportunities for art historical researchVisit website
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Bamberg, GermanyVisit website