Panofsky, Erwin, 1892-1968

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Birth 1892-03-30
Death 1968-03-14

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Erwin Panofsky was a German Jewish art historian. He emigrated to the United States in the 1930s and subsequently taught at New York University, Princeton University, and Harvard University. He became widely known and very influential in the field of iconography. One of his most popular works is Studies in Iconology: Humanist Themes in the Art of the Renaissance (1939, reissued 1972).

From the guide to the Erwin Panofsky Letters to Mrs. Alfred Barr, 1932-1967, (Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections)

German-American art historian.

From the description of Correspondence, 1913-1968. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 83853320

Erwin Panofsky was a German-born art historian, active in the United States, known for his pioneering work on iconography. Born and educated in Germany, he began teaching and writing at various universities in Germany before emigrating to the United States in 1931. He taught at New York University and Princeton, and eventually became a naturalized citizen. Panofsky wrote primarily on European renaissance art, and developed an influential theory of iconology, describing different layers of meaning in observations of art.

From the description of Erwin Panofsky letter to Henry A. Finch, 1958 Feb. 6. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 81275291

Art historian; Princeton, New Jersey.

From the description of Erwin Panofsky letters, 1930-1960. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 77723502

Erwin Panofsky (1892-1990) was an Art historian in Princeton, N.J.

Panofsky was born in Germany. Came to the U.S. in 1933 after he was dismissed by the Nazis from his post at the University of Hamburg. He became professor for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J.

From the description of Erwin Panofsky papers, 1904-1990, bulk, 1920-1968. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81263041


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