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Art History


The Institute of Art History at JLU has a long history. It comprises two chairs, one of which covers the field from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period, while the second covers the realm of Modern Times to the present day. A third chair in Art History at the Institute of Art Education (Faculty 03) is associated. Each chair has one research associate. The curriculum is supplemented by a private lecturer based in Florence. Lecturers from a wide range of professional fields (museum, exhibition, preservation, journalism, etc.) ensure practical relevance.

Research and teaching encompass the European and North American art in its entirety with the genres architecture and urban design, painting and sculpture, applied and graphic arts, photography and new media. Instead of early specialisation, we rely on a solid education across the board in both the Bachelor’s and the Master’s degree programme. The relatively small institute currently with about 300 students studying Art History as a major or minor subject offers an ideal staff-student ratio.

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Institute's Members




Degree Programmes / Module Descriptions | Uni life / Downloads | Degree Course Guidance | ThesesOccupational Profile/Working Field | Job and internship fairs


Degree Programmes / Module Descriptions

As part of the Bachelors programmes “History and Cultural Studies” (GuK) and “Language, Literature, Culture”, art history can be studied as a first and second major subject as well as a first and second minor. The Masters programme “Art History” as part of the Master’s degree in “History and Cultural Studies” broadens the range of subjects.


Bachelor of Arts

Master of Arts


All exam regulations (Bachelor, Master, PhD) with the current module descriptions can be found here (german). The respective applicable version also contains information on the language requirements and the necessary certifications.


Uni life / Downloads


Study guide (“required reading”):


Guidelines courses in Art History (effective from April 18, 2017)


Given the occasion, we remind you of the following rules and code of conduct which are immediately valid and adherence to which is required without restriction. Failure to comply may result in exclusion from the course.

Requirements (
exam prerequisites) for the successful attendance of the course are:

  • Punctuality

  • Active participation

Not allowed during courses is/are:

  • Eating and drinking

  • Use of smartphones and other technical / WLAN-enabled devices, such as laptops, tablets, etc. Please switch off your mobile phone entirely during the course!


Exemplary thesis paper:

Here you will find a best practice example of a successful thesis paper. Further general information can be found in our “Study Guide for Students of the Institute of Art History” (see above) under “3.1.3 Presentation.”


Internship contract:


Please note that the organisation of an internship position according to the module description is the responsibility of the students.

Internships will be advertised on the “bulletin board” at the Institute of Art History, see also under “Job and Internship Fairs” further down on this page. In addition to the internship contract for download you will find further information in the internship regulations of Faculty 04 (see also here).


Checklist Exam Thesis:


Practice has shown that an exam thesis (bachelor/master) must be prepared well. Please find the leaflet “Information for the initiation and preparation of a bachelor thesis” for download here.



Degree Course Guidance


Dr Semjon Aron Dreiling

Institute of Art History

Otto-Behaghel-Strasse 10, House G, room 342

Office hours


For general questions about studying at JLU, please contact the Central Student Advisory Service. For questions concerning studying Art History abroad (ECTS, Erasmus programme, etc.) as well as Internships and scholarships/BAföG, please contact Prof. Dr Sigrid Ruby during the office hours shown here.



Theses (since the summer semester 2016)

A list of theses completed at the Institute of Art History (Bachelor / Master) can be found here. If you are searching for a first supervisor and a second reviewer for your bachelor or master thesis, you will find a list of faculty members entitled to examine students in Art History under “contact.”


Occupational Profile/Working Field 

The study of Art History teaches precise seeing, conveys cultural education and promotes the acquisition of key competences. It creates the prerequisites for working at museums, institutions for the preservation of historical monuments, and at universities, as well as in the art trade, the publishing industry, and the press and media field.




A detailed and continuously updated online guide with a description of working fields and assessment of career prospects can be found here:



Recommended reading:

Furthermore, the following publication on the labour market situation for art historians from the end of the 20th century is the most recent printed article on the labour market development for the field of study and on the changes in the professional field:


Kanz, Roland (ed.): Kunstgeschichte und Beruf. Gegenwart und Zukunft eines Studienfachs auf dem Arbeitsmarkt. (Art History and Profession. Present and Future of a Field of Study in the Job Market) Weimar: Verlag und Datenbank für Geisteswissenschaften, 1999. 



Job and internship fairs


Relevant Portals:

Internships in (Hessian) Museums, Galleries, and Cultural Festivals (under construction):


General, not least:



Current Third-Party-Funded Projects


Research Projects of the Teaching Staff

Members of the teaching staff intensively research in the following thematic field:


Current Dissertation Projects (german)

Completed Dissertations (german)

Current habilitation projects (german)

Guest Lectures

Guest Lectures

Guest lectures in the past



All current events organised and promoted by the Institute of Art History can be found under News and the older announcements in the archive.




Exhibitions at the Institute / Other Exhibitions in and Around Giessen


Exhibitions at the Institute of Art History

Other Exhibitions in and Around Giessen


Exhibitions at the Institute / Other Exhibitions in and Around Giessen


Exhibitions at the Institute of Art History

Other Exhibitions in and Around Giessen

Media Echo

Media Echo

Below you will find a list of radio, print media, television, and online media contributions, in which the Institute of Art History or its teachers have found resonance — in ascending order.


Print Media

  • Dagmar Klein: "Prof. Norbert Werner" [Nachruf], in: Gießener Allgemeine Zeitung, 28.08.2019, Nr. 199, S. 25 (Kultur aus der Stadt Gießen).
  • Sigrid Ruby: “Fachtagung für ‘Handwerk, Kunstgewerbe und Industrie in Hessen’ im Freilichtmuseum Hessenpark (Conference ‘Handcraft, Arts and Craft and Industry in Hesse’ at the open-air museum Hessenpark),” in Mitteilungen. Journal des Hessischen Museumsverbandes, no. 55, 2018, pages 70-71.
  • Dagmar Klein: “Freiheit der Kunst war die Triebfeder (Freedom of Art was the Driving Force)” in: Gießener Allgemeine Zeitung, May 22, 2018 (75 years OKB).
  • Marek Szabowski: “Prof. Charlotte Klonk referiert bei ZMI Workshop (Prof. Charlotte Klonk speaks at the ZMI workshop)” in Gießener Anzeiger, May 9, 2018 (University).
  • Dagmar Klein: “Für die Vielfalt der Kunst (On the Diversity of Art)” in: Gießener Allgemeine Zeitung, May 5, 2018, no. 104, page 32 (Culture in Giessen).
  • Anonymus: “‘Opferbilder statt Täterbilder’. Berliner Kunsthistorikerin Prof. Dr Charlotte Klonk über Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der Berichte nach Gewaltakten (Images of the victims instead of perpetrators.’ Berlin Art Historian Charlotte Klonk on possibilities and limitations of reporting after acts of violence),” in: Gießener Anzeiger, May 3, 2018 (University).
  • Anonymus: “Gastvortrag von Prof. Dr Charlotte Klonk zur medialen Vermittlung des Terrors (Guest Lecture of Prof. Dr Charlotte Klonk on the Medialisation of Terror),” in Focus Online, May 2, 2018, 11:47 a.m. (Hessen Regional).
  • Schellewald, Barbara: “Die Seherin. Zum Tod Silke Tammens (The Visionary. On the Death of Silke Tammen),” in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, April 12, 2018, no. 85, page 12 (Feuilleton).
  • Dagmar Klein: “Theatermalerei zwischen Kunst und Handwerk (Theatrical painting Between Art and Handcraft),” in: Gießener Anzeiger, November 17, 2017 [on the guest lecture by Dr Christine Hübner].
  • Ingo Berghöfer: “‘Heimat ist ein sehr deutsches Wort’. Heimatmuseen wurden vor hundert Jahren populär (‚Heimat is a very German word.’ Museums of Local History Became Popular a Hundred Years Ago),” in: Gießener Anzeiger, September 29, 2017.
  • Dagmar Klein: “Volkskunst und Kunstgeschichte. Vortrag im Rahmen der Ausstellung ‚Der hessische Maler Ernst Eimer und die Heimat’ (“Folk Art and Art History. Lecture in the Context of the exhibition ‚The Hessian Painter Ernst Eimer and Heimat’),” in: Gießener Allgemeine Zeitung, July 6, 2017. At the same time to be accessed online since July 5, 2017, 20:55.
  • Dagmar Klein: “Die Vernunft hat gesiegt. Bilder aus der Sammlung des Gießener Kunstvereins nach Schenkung im Besitz der Stadt (Reason has won. Pictures From the Collection of the Giessen Art Association after Donation in the Possession of the City),”: Gießener Allgemeine Zeitung, April 27, 2017. Also available online since April 25, 2017, 19:32.
  • Dagmar Klein: “Ausstellung am JLU-Institut über Kunstwerke und Körper (Exhibition at the JLU institute on Art Objects and Bodies),” in: Gießener Allgemeine Zeitung, November 19, 2014, 6:18 p.m.



  • Alfred Schmidtz: “Lust auf Heimat. Neue Forschungen zu einem alten Thema (Longing for Heimat. New Research on an old Topic)”. Contribution in the series “Aus Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften (From Cultural and Social Sciences)” in Deutschlandfunk, November 16, 2017, from 20:10 [on the book project realised with the participation of Prof. Dr Sigrid Ruby “Heimat zwischen Kitsch und Utopie (Heimat Between Kitsch and Utopia”]


Conference proceedings (online)

  • Johanna Scherb: Proceeding: Space Oddities. Die homerische Irrfahrt in den Bildkünsten (Institut für Kunstgeschichte und Klassische Philologie der Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen auf Schloss Rauischholzhausen, 04. - 06.04.2019, in:, 17.05.2019. URL: (18.05.2019).


Texts on the History of the Institute

External Links




  • Barbara Stommel

Philosophikum I, House G, Room 344

Telephone: 0049-641-99-28281

Fax: 0049-641-99-28289


  • Office hours


09:30 – 12:30.


09:30 – 12:30


14:00 – 16:00


14:00 – 16:00


09:30 – 12:30

Mailing address

Mailing address

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Institut für Kunstgeschichte
Otto-Behaghel-Straße 10, Haus G
35394 Giessen


Aktuelle Sprechzeiten

Sprechzeiten Dozent/innen & Zuständigkeiten


Ruby, Sigrid, Prof. Dr.

In der Vorlesungszeit: Mo., 9:00 - 11:00 Uhr, nicht am 09.12.2019 (Anmeldung via Sekretariat oder durch Eintrag in die Liste an der Bürotür)

Praktikums- und BAföG-Beauftragte

Späth, Markus, PD Dr.

In der Vorlesungszeit (Beginn 04.11.2019): Mo., 13:30 - 15:00 Uhr, (Anmeldung via Sekretariat oder durch Eintrag in die Liste an der Bürotür)

Saskia Hennig von Lange, M.A.

In Elternzeit, derzeit keine Sprechstunden

Charlotte Plückhahn, M.A.

In der Vorlesungszeit: Mi., 10:00 - 12:00 Uhr



Bosselmann-Ruickbie, Antje, Dr.

Im Wintersemester 2019/20: Do., 11:00 - 12:00 Uhr

Gastvorträge, Printangelegenheiten

Hiwi-Zeiten ab WS 19/20 (Raum G338)

Montag 11.00 bis 15.00 Uhr Anna Seibel
Dienstag 10:00 bis 12:00 Uhr Julia Becker
Mittwoch 08:00 bis 10:00 Uhr  Mia Wagenbach
12:00 bis 14:00 Uhr Mia Wagenbach
Donnerstag 16:00 bis 18:00 Uhr Anna Seibel
Freitag 10:00 bis 14:00 Uhr Julia Becker


Sie und Ihr findet uns in der Regel im Hiwi-Raum des Instituts für Kunstgeschichte (G338). Man kann uns erreichen unter:  oder telefonisch unter: 0641 99 28283. Folgt uns auch gerne auf Instagram:

Prüfungsberechtigte Betreuer/innen (Bachelor, Master)

Prüfungsberechtige (Bachelorarbeiten)


  • Prof. Dr. Sigrid Ruby
  • PD Dr. Markus Späth
  • Prof. Dr. Claudia Hattendorff (kooptiert)
  • PD Dr. Ulrike Ilg
  • Dr. Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie
  • Charlotte Plückhahn, M.A.
  • Lisa Pregitzer, M.A. (assoziiert)



  • Prof. Dr. Sigrid Ruby
  • PD Dr. Markus Späth
  • Prof. Dr. Claudia Hattendorff (kooptiert)
  • PD Dr. Ulrike Ilg
  • Dr. Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie
  • Charlotte Plückhahn, M.A.
  • Lisa Pregitzer, M.A. (assoziiert)


Prüfungsberechtigte (Masterarbeiten)



  • Prof. Dr. Sigrid Ruby
  • PD Dr. Markus Späth
  • Prof. Dr. Claudia Hattendorff (kooptiert)
  • PD Dr. Ulrike Ilg
  • Dr. Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie



  • Prof. Dr. Sigrid Ruby
  • PD Markus Späth
  • Prof. Dr. Claudia Hattendorff (kooptiert)
  • PD Dr. Ulrike Ilg
  • Dr. Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie