HISTORY OF COLLECTING SEMINAR at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
Ulf R. Hansson (Department of Classics, The University of Texas at Austin)
The Culture of Professional and Amateur Collecting in Munich at the Turn of the Century 1900: Furtwängler, Arndt, Loeb, Frucht
Monday 17 February 2014, 1-3 PM
Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg (Sweden), Humanisten, room C442
This seminar talk focuses on the study and collecting of ancient sculpture, engraved gems and gem casts in Munich in the decades around 1900 (roughly 1890s to 1930s, but with emphasis on some decisive events that took place in the year 1900). It traces and analyses the scholarly, collecting and dealing activities of a small group of very different personalities, notably Adolf Furtwängler (1853-1907), who was professor of classical archaeology in Munich from 1894 to 1907 and director of several important museum collections in the city, including the Glyptothek; the classical archaeologist Paul Arndt (1865-1937), who for a brief period worked as Furtwängler’s assistant, but more importantly was a serious collector and dealer/agent; the American-German banker, philanthropist and collector James Loeb (1867-1933), who donated a substantial part of his collection to the Museum Antiker Kleinkunst (now Staatliche Antikensammlungen) in Munich; and finally Adolf Frucht (1852-1914), a collector of 18th- and early 19th-century casts of ancient and neoclassical gems, whose unique dactyliotheca (gem cast cabinet) is now at the University of Texas at Austin. The seminar will be in English.