Alfred Seyler

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Alfred Seyler (born June 28, 1880 in Aachen , † March 1, 1950 in Munich ) was a German art historian .

Alfred Seyler, son of the businessman and factory owner Conrad Seyler (1826–1898), attended the Kaiser Wilhelm High School in Aachen. First he studied at the Technical University of Aachen , from Easter 1899 on art history at the universities of Munich and Berlin . In 1905 Berthold Riehl did his doctorate in Munich .

From September to December 1905 he worked as a trainee or intern at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg, but on January 1, 1906, he received a position at the graphic collection in Munich. In June 1910 he became an assistant there, and in November 1912 curator. After Otto Weigmann left , he was initially acting director in 1937 and director of the collection from November 1, 1940 until his retirement on April 1, 1948. He managed the relocation of the collection during the war and during the destruction of the collection rooms in the Neue Pinakothek in 1944. After 1945 he worked tirelessly to rebuild the collection.

Publications (selection)

  • The medieval sculpture of Regensburg . Dissertation Munich 1905 (with curriculum vitae; digitized ).


  • Engelbert Baumeister : Alfred Seyler . In: Kunstchronik 3, 1950, pp. 71–73.
  • Sabine Wölfel: Biographies . In: Michael Semff , Kurt Zeitler (Hrsg.): Artists draw - collectors donate. 250 years of the State Graphic Collection in Munich . Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern 2008, ISBN 978-3-7757-2179-0 , Vol. 3, pp. 153-154.
  • Susanne Wagini: The State Graphic Collection in Munich is under reconstruction . In: Iris Lauterbach (Hrsg.): Art history in Munich 1947. Institutions and people in reconstruction . Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-9806071-4-8 , pp. 123-132.