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Fehl, Philipp P.

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    Full Name: Fehl, Philipp P.

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1920

    Date Died: 2000

    Place Born: Vienna, Vienna state, Austria

    Place Died: Rome, Lazio, Italy

    Home Country/ies: Austria

    Subject Area(s): Italian (culture or style), Italian Renaissance-Baroque styles, and Renaissance


    Professor of Italian Renaissance art. The son of a Jewish craftsman, Fehl grew up in Vienna. After the annexation of Austria, Fehl fled first to England and then, in July 1940, to the United States. He studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, but volunteered for war service. Fehl was an interrogator for the United States Army at the Nuremberg Trials 1946-47. He returned to study art history with Ulrich Middeldorf at the University of Chicago. He additionally attended the Brussels Art Seminar seminar by Erwin Panofsky. He was a research fellow at the Warburg Institute. Fehl revered the work of E. H. Gombrich, whom he considered his friend as well as mentor.

    Selected Bibliography

    Capriccio: the Jest & Earnestness of Art: a History of the Capriccio in Prints. Urbana, IL: Krannert Art Museum, 1987; A Bibliographical Guide to the Study of the History of Art. Chapel Hill, NC, [s. n.]: 1965, new ed., 1969; Birds of a Feather. Urbana, IL: Krannert Art Museum, 1991; The Classical Monument: Reflections on the Connection Between Morality and Art in Greek and Roman Sculpture. New York University Press and the College Art Association of America, 1972; Decorum and Wit: the Poetry of Venetian Painting: Essays in the History of the Classical Tradition. Vienna: IRSA, 1992; Zatura and the Art of Painting Finely: Open-ended Narration in Paintings by Apelles, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, Rembrandt and Ter Borch. Groningen: The Gerson Lectures Foundation, 1997; Thomas Appleton of Livorno and Canova’s Statue of George Washington. Berlin: De Gruyter, 1968; edited and translated. Junius, Franciscus. The Literature of Classical Art. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991.


    Artibus et Historiae 23 no. 45 (2002): 27; Philipp P. Fehl – Capricci Eine Ausstellung des Deutschen Exilarchivs Der Deutschen Bibliothek, 30. November 2001 – 31. January 2002 (website).


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