Erwin Panofsky

1892 - 1968

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Erwin Panofsky (March 30, 1892 in Hannover – March 14, 1968 in Princeton, New Jersey) was a German-Jewish art historian, whose academic career was pursued mostly in the U.S. after the rise of the Nazi regime. Panofsky's work represents a high point in the modern academic study of iconography, which he used in hugely influential works like his "little book" Renaissance and Renascences in Western Art and his masterpiece, Early Netherlandish Painting. Many of his works are still in print, including Studies in Iconology: Humanist Themes in the Art of the Renaissance (1939), Meaning in the Visual Arts (1955), and his 1943 study The Life and Art of Albrecht Dürer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Erwin Panofsky has received more than 304,182 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Erwin Panofsky is the 42nd most popular historian (down from 41st in 2019), the 531st most popular biography from Germany (down from 516th in 2019) and the 5th most popular German Historian.

Erwin Panofsky is most famous for his work in the field of art history. He was a German-born American art historian and an expert on medieval and Renaissance art.

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Among historians, Erwin Panofsky ranks 42 out of 341Before him are Leonardo Bruni, Ernst Gombrich, Niketas Choniates, Lucien Febvre, Samuel von Pufendorf, and Ibn Ishaq. After him are Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani, William of Tyre, Aby Warburg, Poggio Bracciolini, Tzvetan Todorov, and Callisthenes.

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Among people born in 1892, Erwin Panofsky ranks 35Before him are Darius Milhaud, Mátyás Rákosi, Shirō Ishii, Erhard Milch, Arthur Friedenreich, and Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia. After him are Stefan Banach, Andrey Yeryomenko, Amanullah Khan, E. H. Carr, Nikolai Kondratiev, and Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet. Among people deceased in 1968, Erwin Panofsky ranks 20Before him are George Gamow, Karl Barth, Georg von Küchler, Enid Blyton, Jim Clark, and Carl Theodor Dreyer. After him are Pitirim Sorokin, Kees van Dongen, Neal Cassady, Henry Hallett Dale, Corneille Heymans, and Salvatore Quasimodo.

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Among people born in Germany, Erwin Panofsky ranks 531 out of 5,289Before him are Johann Rudolf Glauber (1604), Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1879), Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia (1892), Hans von Bülow (1830), Adolf Windaus (1876), and Adolf Galland (1912). After him are Georg Büchner (1813), Julia Drusilla (16), Otto Strasser (1897), Hans von Seeckt (1866), Otto Rehhagel (1938), and Kurt Schwitters (1887).

Among HISTORIANS In Germany

Among historians born in Germany, Erwin Panofsky ranks 5Before him are Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717), Leopold von Ranke (1795), Friedrich Carl von Savigny (1779), and Samuel von Pufendorf (1632). After him are Aby Warburg (1866), Erich Auerbach (1892), Julius Wellhausen (1844), Hieronymus Wolf (1516), Hermann Alexander Diels (1848), Reinhart Koselleck (1923), and Arthur Moeller van den Bruck (1876).