Erwin Panofsky

Erwin Panofsky (pănŏf´skē), 1892–1968, American art historian, b. Germany, Ph.D. Univ. of Freiburg, 1914. After teaching (1921–33) at the Univ. of Hamburg and serving as professor of fine arts at New York Univ., he joined (1935) the faculty at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J. His writings are among the most important of the 20th cent. in art history. Panofsky contributed studies, particularly in the realm of iconography, of the medieval, Renaissance, mannerist, and baroque periods. He is admired for his immense erudition, his discoveries, and his profound observations, laced with touches of humor. Among his principal works in English are Studies in Iconology (1939, 2d ed. 1962), Albrecht Dürer (1943, 4th ed. 1955), Early Netherlandish Painting (1953), and Renaissance and Renascenses in Western Art (2d ed. 1965). Other writings include The Codex Huygens and Leonardo da Vinci's Art Theory (1940), Abbot Suger on the Abbey Church of St.-Denis and Its Art Treasures (1946), Gothic Architecture and Scholasticism (1951), Galileo as a Critic of the Arts (1954), Meaning in the Visual Arts (1955), Correggio's Camera di San Paolo (1961), Tomb Sculpture (1964), Idea: A Concept in Art Theory (1924, tr. 1968), and Problems in Titian, Mostly Iconographic (1969).

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Erwin Panofsky: Selected full-text books and articles

The Iconography of Correggio's Camera Di San Paolo By Erwin Panofsky Warburg Institute University of London, 1961
The History of Art History By Udo Kultermann Abaris Books, 1993
Librarian's tip: "Erwin Panofsky" begins on p. 217
Erwin Panofsky and the Renascence of the Renaissance By Landauer, Carl Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 47, No. 2, Summer 1994
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The Renaissance: Six Essays By Wallace K. Ferguson; Metropolitan Museum of Art H. Holt and Company, 1962
Librarian's tip: Chap. VI "Artist, Scientist, Genius: Notes on the 'Renaissancedammerung'" by Erwin Panofsky
Art History: An Anthology of Modern Criticism By Wylie Sypher Vintage Books, 1963
Librarian's tip: "The History Of The Theory of Human Proportions (1921)" by Erwin Panofsky begins on p. 67
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