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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 343,313 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Erwin Panofsky is the 37th most popular historian (up from 42nd in 2019), the 413th most popular biography from Germany (up from 531st in 2019) and the 4th 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 37 out of 339Before him are Eric Hobsbawm, Hippolyte Taine, Jacques Le Goff, Edward Gibbon, William of Tyre, and Ibn Ishaq. After him are Leonardo Bruni, Lucien Febvre, Samuel von Pufendorf, Aby Warburg, Ernst Gombrich, and Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani.

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Among people born in 1892, Erwin Panofsky ranks 25Before him are Arthur Compton, J. Paul Getty, Gregor Strasser, Ferdinand Schörner, Arthur Honegger, and Engelbert Dollfuss. After him are Edward Victor Appleton, George Paget Thomson, Mátyás Rákosi, Erhard Milch, Marina Tsvetaeva, and Ernst Lubitsch. Among people deceased in 1968, Erwin Panofsky ranks 18Before him are Trygve Lie, Max Brod, Georg von Küchler, Karl Barth, George Gamow, and Enid Blyton. After him are Jim Clark, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Salvatore Quasimodo, Corneille Heymans, Kees van Dongen, and Henry Hallett Dale.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Erwin Panofsky ranks 413 out of 6,142Before him are Gerda Taro (1910), Maria Amalia of Saxony (1724), Regiomontanus (1436), Alexander Grothendieck (1928), Louis II, Prince of Monaco (1870), and Christian V of Denmark (1646). After him are Lothar Matthäus (1961), Friedrich Bessel (1784), Julius von Mayer (1814), Frederica of Hanover (1917), Caroline of Baden (1776), and Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers (1758).

Among HISTORIANS In Germany

Among historians born in Germany, Erwin Panofsky ranks 4Before him are Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717), Leopold von Ranke (1795), and Friedrich Carl von Savigny (1779). After him are Samuel von Pufendorf (1632), Aby Warburg (1866), Erich Auerbach (1892), Julius Wellhausen (1844), Hieronymus Wolf (1516), Arthur Moeller van den Bruck (1876), Hermann Alexander Diels (1848), and Reinhart Koselleck (1923).