Heinrich Bergner

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Heinrich Bergner (born July 13, 1865 in Gumperda , † December 29, 1918 in Heilingen ) was a Protestant pastor and German art historian .

Bergner studied theology in Jena, Tübingen and Berlin. In 1890 he received his doctorate in Jena. Bergner had been pastor in Pfarrkeßlar near Drößnitz since 1891 , in Nischwitz since 1901 and in Heilingen in Sachsen-Altenburg since 1914 .

Above all, he earned lasting merits in editing the descriptive representation of the older architectural and art monuments published by the Historical Commission for the Province of Saxony and Anhalt from various circles in the former Prussian Province of Saxony . According to the current state of knowledge (2017), Bergner published the following seven issues in this series:

Publications (selection)

  • The good shepherd in early Christian art , Berlin 1890 (= dissertation Jena).
  • On the bells of Thuringia , 1896.
  • History of the City of Kahla, Volume 1: Documents , 1899.
  • Handbook of ecclesiastical art antiquities in Germany , 1905.
  • Handbook of Civil Antiquities of Art in Germany , Leipzig 1906.
  • History of Kahla , booklets 1 + 2, Kahla 1917.
  • Outline of Art History , Leipzig 1919.
  • Archaeological Catechism. Brief instruction in ecclesiastical art archeology of the German Middle Ages , 1898. * Naumburg and Merseburg , Leipzig 1926.
  • Handbook of bourgeois art antiquities in Germany , 2 volumes, EASeemann Leipzig 1906, revised. Reprint unique 2013.



Günther Deneke assessed 1925 critically: Without a doubt, the Historical Commission had made a particularly serious mistake in the person of this particular employee. It was the simple and natural consequence of the fact that such work was referred firstly to amateurs and secondly to non-residents. For example, if you take a closer look at Bergner's descriptions of the Cistercian Abbey of Pforta (see web links), you can form your opinion as to whether Deneke's criticism of Bergner stands up to the claim of an objectively justifiable assessment.

Individual evidence

  1. https://de.wikisource.org/wiki/Kunstdenkmäler
  2. http://d-nb.info/365229938
  3. http://d-nb.info/365229946
  4. Günther Deneke: Corrections and additions to the 32nd issue of the architectural and art monuments of the province of Saxony, Kreis Grafschaft Wernigerode , self-published Wernigerode 1925, p. 2
  5. De mortuis nil nisi bene dicendum est. - " One can only speak of the deceased in a good way" - Latin translation of the Greek phrase: " Τὸν τεθνηκότα μὴ κακολογεῖν, γῆρας τιμᾶν ".
  6. The fact that the work from which the quotation comes was self-published by Deneke lets the objectivity of the statement appear in a different light. A classic publisher would obviously not have printed this.

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