University of Hamburg professor during the Erwin Panofsky/Wind/Charles de Tolnay years (1930s); party-line Nazi who remained at Hamburg after racial firings. Burmeister studied art history in Bonn with fellow student Aby M. Warburg. He attended lectures in Munich and was one of the eight students from various universities who attended seminars in Florence in 1889 under August Schmarsow who was attempting to found a German research institute in the city.
William S. Heckscher. "Reminiscences of Lotte Brand Philip." Tribute to Lotte Brand Philip: Art Historian and Detective. New York: Abaris Books, 1985, pp. 9-10, mentioned; Gombrich, Ernst H. Aby Warburg: An Intellectual Biography. 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986, pp. 26, 39-40.