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Ohly, Dieter

    Full Name: Ohly, Dieter

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1911

    Date Died: 1979

    Place Born: Berlin, Germany

    Place Died: Munich, Bavaria, Germany

    Home Country/ies: Germany

    Subject Area(s): Ancient Greek (culture or style), Antique, the, Classical, and Roman (ancient Italian culture or period)


    Specialist in classical Greek and Roman Art. Named Second Director of the deutsches archäologisches Institut Istanbul (German Archaeological Institute, or DAI) 1953, and leader of the German excavations in Kerameikos 1956-1961. In 1962, Ohly succeeded Hans Diepolder as the director of the Munich Antikensammlung. In this position, he headed the project of reopening the Glypothek (former home of the antiquities collection) and successfully argued against strong political and scholarly opposition for an unadorned architectural scheme that would focus attention on the works themselves, rather than the overly ornamental design of the original Glypothek, built in the Vormärz (early 19th century). This choice was very influential on postwar museum design in Germany.

    Selected Bibliography

    “Frühe Tonfiguren aus dem Heraion im Samos” AM 65 (1940): 57 ff. and AM 66 (1941): 1ff.Griechische Goldbleche des 8. Jhs. V. Chr. 1952.


    Archäologenbildnisse: Porträts und Kurzbiographien von Klassichen Archäologen deutscher Sprache. Reinhard Lullies, ed. Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern, 1988: 311-312.


    "Ohly, Dieter." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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