01 Gallery


The various series of scholar portraits were commonly exhibited in representative halls of the University such as the library or, as is the example here in Marburg, in the auditorium. They were intended to serve as role models for the students to emulate. Furthermore, it was supposed to express tradition and class consciousness of the

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University Marburg

The grand or juridical auditorium (later called the Aula) of the University Marburg in the former Dominican monastery, Ferdinand Justi, 1890, water colour drawing, Original in the Marburg state archives.

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Shortly after the University was founded in 1737, work began in an effort to establish a gallery that would exhibit portraits of various professors. In 1748 the painter F. Reibenstein, originally from Celle, was commissioned to create a series of portraits, a process that was later continued by other various painters. Fifteen of these paintings

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