Reinhard Kekulé von Stradonitz

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Reinhard Kekule von Stradonitz, photograph by Rudolf Dührkoop

Heinrich Friedrich Reinhard Kekulé von Stradonitz (born March 6, 1839 in Darmstadt , † March 22, 1911 in Berlin ) was a German classical archaeologist from the Kekulé von Stradonitz family.


Kekule was the son of Darmstadt court attorney Karl Ludwig Kekule (1802-1843), with aristocratic Bohemian ancestors. After studying classical philology and archeology in Erlangen , Göttingen and Berlin , he received his doctorate in 1861 and was then assistant to the Berlin archaeologist Eduard Gerhard for two years . From 1863 to 1866 Kekulé was at the German Archaeological Institute in Rome and completed his habilitation in Bonn in 1868 . After a brief activity at the Museum of Nassau Antiquities in Wiesbaden, he became Professor of Classical Archeology at the University of Bonn in 1870. In 1889, Kekulé went to the Royal Museums in Berlin as director of the collection of ancient sculptures and plaster casts . From 1896 he was also head of the antiquarian bookshop and thus of the united antiques collection in Berlin . From 1890, Kekulé was also a professor of classical archeology at Berlin University. There he held the office of dean in 1897 and the rectorate of the university in the academic year 1901/1902.

From 1874 Kekulé was a member of the central management of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI). In 1898 he was accepted as a full member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences . From 1905 he was chairman of the Archaeological Society in Berlin . In 1895, together with his cousin Friedrich August Kekulé von Stradonitz, the old Bohemian nobility was recognized with the name Kekule von Stradonitz .

The focus of Kekulé's research was ancient Greek sculpture. He also dealt with terracottas; for the DAI he edited the series Die antiken Terrakotten . As museum director he continued the excavations of the Berlin museums, especially in Asia Minor. Kekulé repositioned the antique collection in the Altes Museum . During his tenure, the finds from Pergamon were temporarily exhibited in the first Pergamon Museum.

Fonts (selection)

  • The ancient sculptures in the Theseion at Athens . Wilhelm Engelmann, Leipzig 1869 ( digitized version ).
  • The balustrade of the Temple of Athena Nike . Wilhelm Engelmann, Leipzig 1869 ( digitized version ).
  • Greek clay figures from Tanagra . Spemann, Stuttgart 1878 ( digitized version ).
  • The reliefs on the balustrade of Athena Nike . Spemann, Stuttgart 1881 ( digitized version ).
  • The terracottas of Sicily (= The ancient terracottas. Volume 2). Spemann, Berlin / Stuttgart 1884 ( digitized version ).
  • About a female robe statue from the workshop of the Parthenon gable figures . Spemann, Berlin 1894 ( digitized version ).
  • Ernst Curtius . Commemorative speech given at the memorial service organized by the Berlin student body on July 26, 1896 . Spemann, Berlin 1896, hdl: 10111 / UIUCCS: 7040912
  • About copies of a woman statue from the time of Phidias . Reimer, Berlin 1897 ( digitized version ).
  • On the history of archaeological instruction in Berlin under Friedrich Wilhelm III. Speech at the memorial service on August 3, 1902 in the auditorium of the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität . Schade, Berlin 1902, hdl: 10111 / UIUCCS: 7040947
  • The Greek sculpture . Reimer, Berlin 1907, .


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