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  • Dissertation: Wechselseitige Erhellung der Künste. Berlin, 1917.
  • C. R. Morey protegé.
  • Early critic of Nazi art policy.
  • Medievalist; comparative study of European Romanesque painting.
  • Architectural historian.
  • Director of the Kunsthütte in Chemnitz (greater Dresden) in the 1920s.
  • Founder of the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
  • Architectural writer who authored surveys and histories with an emphasis on medieval works.
  • Byzantinist. At Oxford he made the friendship with John Beckwith (q.v.).
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art; medievalist.
  • Scholar of the Italian renaissance and Offner student at NYU, 1958. Wohl wrote widely among the history of art.
  • Art historian; use of information provided by X-rays of artwork.
  • Morey school medieval art historian.
  • The "father of art history" as termed by Bernhard Schweitzer (q.v.).
  • Florentine writer whose guide to Florence (De origine civitatis Florentinae, ca.1400 ) includes a list of artists and their careers. These include Ciomabue, Giotto, and Taddeo Gaddi.
  • Sculptor and architect; his Book II of his memoirs forms an important account of 14th-century artists. Ghibert's parents were Cione Paltami Ghiberti (d.
  • Biographer of early Renaissance artists including Filippo Brunelleschi.
  • Quattrocento writer, precursor of Vasari in that he constructed a list of biographies artists.
  • Raphael's father; wrote book on Urbino and artists, including netherlandish (1482)
  • 1505 book
  • The Coutier (1527) describes artists
  • Art critic and writer, collaborator with Vasari; his Letters form a proto-art history. Aretino's father was a shoemaker, known as Luca del Tura.
  • Wrote memoirs of artists; first published in 1905.
  • Collector and historian of antiques and illuminated manuscripts. After serving in the military, de Montmercy returned to civilian life in 1515.
  • 1549 book, narrative history of painting.
  • Author of an early manuscript biography of German artists. Neudörfer's father was a successful furrier and business person, Stephan Neudörffer.
  • wrote work about Florentine artists (1550), (published in 1896)
  • Mannerist sculptor; his autobiography (Vita) contains evaluations of many renaissance artists. Trained as a goldsmith, Cellini worked primarily as a sculptor.
  • Storia fiorentina (1527-38) contains an art history.
  • Architect; antiquario for Alphonse II; scholar of Rome; encyclopedic art history of classical world.
  • Considered the first art historian and often referred to as the "father of art history"; architect and painter. Vasari was the son of Antonio Vasari (d.
  • Painter and art historian; author of the earliest guide to Bologna, Graticola di Bologna, written in the 1560's but not published until 1844.
  • Painter; early diarist and chronicler of Flemish artistic life. Vaernewyck was raised a Catholic and remained one his life.
  • Merchant, writer and biographer Netherlandish artists. Guicciardini was the son of Jacopo Guicciardini (d. 1552) and Camilla d'Agnolo des Bardi (d. 1557).
  • Painter and purported author of an early and generally reliable biography of Michelangelo in 1553. Condivi came from a merchant family in Ripatransone where he was raised.
  • Antiquarian and collector; "father of modern iconography." Orsini was an illegitimate child of a member of the noble Orsini family in Rome, probably of Maerbale Orsini.
  • Wrote the celebrated, Il riposo di Raffaele Borghini in cui della pittura e della scultura si favella, de' più famose opere loro si fa menzione, e le cose principali appartenenti a dette arti s' in
  • Biographer of artists (1590); painter and art theorist. Lomazzo was raised in a family of moderate social status. He trained under the painter Gaudenzio Ferrari (1470-1546).
  • Author of influential 16th-century artists' biographies; painter, poet, and playwright. His parents, Cornelis van Mander and Johanna van der Beke, belonged to the rural nobility.
  • Wrote Alcune considerationi intorno a quello che hanno scritto alcuni autori in materia della pittura (1621) on painters lives, critiqued Vasari.
  • Compiler of a famous early iconographic dictionary, the Iconologia. Little is known about Giovanni Campani, who wrote under the name of Ceasare Ripa.
  • Painter, wrote an early biography of several artists influential for Spain.
  • Painter and first historian of the Roman Baroque through two early art histories, a biography of artists, Vite de' pittori, scultori, architetti (1642), and a survey of Roman churches, Le no
  • Philologist, author of an early art history and exponent of the visual arts. Junius was born into an illustrious Calvinist family.
  • Numismatist and gem scholar. Agostini worked during the reign of Pope Urban VIII as the antiquarian to the Barberini family.
  • Art biographer, painter and collector; his biographies of more than 150 painters in the Venetian state contributed to his title, "the Venetian Vasari." Ridolfi's father was a tailor (he used the name
  • His Livre des peintres et graveurs (1677) though hardly more than a catalog of his own collection in verse, can be considered an early Lives-of-the-artists proto-art history.
  • Leading Venetian writer on art in the seventeenth century; wrote a patriotic and polemical defense of Venetian painting, La carta del navegar pittoresco, (The Map of Painting's Journey), 1660)