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Collection of Christian Archaeology and Ecclesiastical Art

Startbild Sammlung für christliche Archäologie und kirchliche Kunst

Startbild Sammlung für christliche Archäologie und kirchliche Kunst

  Ministers  often come into contact with examples of Ecclesiastical Art. This  contact often arises through their pastoral ministry, but also through  the parish’s use of historical or modern churches and, moreover, through  restoration works or tourists who are interested in the history of  religious art. That is why Professor D. Friedrich Loofs, who lectured  Church History and History of Dogmas at Martin-Luther-University  Halle-Wittenberg for almost 40 years, sought to get this area of  knowledge incorporated into the curriculum at the Theological Faculty,  and decided to establish a collection of pieces relating to Christian  Archeology. The concept submitted by him on 18 March 1890 proposed that  his educational collection should include mainly casts, but also  photographs and slides and a library housing relevant books. On 24 July  24 1890 the Foundation was approved by the Ministry of Religious,  Educational and Medical Concerns in Berlin (U I 15810), and the  collection got underway. Apart from Christian testimonies from the  former Roman Empire - testimonies of Christian Archeology - European  testimonies from the Early Middle Ages to the present time were an  essential part of the collection from the very beginning. That is why  the name was changed to „Collection of Christian Archeology and  Ecclesiastical Art“ on April 24, 1923. It now includes references to  that collection and fulfills its aim to focus on Christian art objects  throughout history.