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Blanckenhagen, Peter von

    Full Name: Blanckenhagen, Peter von

    Other Names:

    • Peter von Blanckenhagen

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1909

    Date Died: 1990

    Home Country/ies: Germany

    Career(s): educators

    Institution(s): Institute of Fine Arts of New York University


    New York University Institute of Fine Arts professor of classical art history. Blanckenhagen’s lectures drew large crowds at the Institute. “Seemingly without notes or preparation he would speak eloquently for an hour on each statue, and sometimes for it, making it seem as if ancient statues, whether male or female, possessed deep, rich, German-accented voices” (Nelson).

    Selected Bibliography

    The Paintings from Boscotrecase. Heidelberg: F.H. Kerle, 1962; The Augustan Villa at Boscotrecase. Mainz am Rhein: P. von Zabern, 1990.


    Studies in Classical Art and Archaeology: a Tribute to Peter Heinrich von Blanckenhagen. Locust Valley, NY: J. J. Augustin, 1979; [obituary] Harrison, Evelyn B. “Peter Heinrich von Blanckenhagen, 1909-1990” American Journal of Archaeology (1991); [recollection] Nelson, Robert S. “The Slide Lecture, or the Work of Art ‘History’ in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” Critical Inquiry 26 no. 3 (Spring 2000): 419.

    Contributors: Lee Sorensen


    Lee Sorensen. "Blanckenhagen, Peter von." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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