In 1818 Bonn was chosen to become the university site of the Prussian Rhine Province; in 2018 the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität (University of Bonn) is celebrating its 200th anniversary. Still a young university subject, the discipline of art history underwent its German institutionalization in Bonn. On May 4, 1860, the first permanent chair in the discipline of art history was established and the position was filled by Anton Springer. His tenure was followed by a long line of renowned art historians who played an important role in shaping the discipline of the history of art.
This volume presents essays on Gottfried Kinkel, Anton Springer, Carl Justi, Paul Clemen, Alfred Stange, Heinrich Lützeler, Herbert von Einem, Günter Bandmann, Horst Hallensleben, Justus Müller Hofstede, Eduard Trier, Tilmann Buddensieg and Gunter Schweikhart. Their research and teachings are elucidated alongside discussions about the contents-related emphases of the renowned institute: studies on Italy, historic preservation and Christian archaeology.