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Fernow, Carl

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    Full Name: Fernow, Carl

    Other Names:

    • Carl Ludwig Fernow

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 19 November 1763

    Date Died: 04 December 1808

    Place Born: Blumenhagen bei Pasewalk, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

    Place Died: Weimar, Thuringia, Germany

    Home Country/ies: Germany

    Subject Area(s): archaeology, art theory, and Classical


    Classicism art theorist, archaeologist and historian. In the early nineteenth century Fernow befriended the ambitious widow literati (and art historian) Johanna Henrietta Schopenhauer, advising her on art and family matters (such as how to school her son, the later famous philosopher Athur Schopenhauer). At his death, Johanna Schopenhauer wrote his biography, Fernows Leben, which she published in 1810. The book began her on a literary and art-writing career.


    Schopenhauer, Johanna. Fernows Leben. Tübingen and Stuttgart: Cotta, 1810; Kultermann, Udo. Geschichte der Kunstgeschichte: Der Weg einer Wissenschaft. 2nd ed. Frankfurt am Main and Vienna: Ullstein, 1981, 123-124; Metzler Kunsthistoriker Lexikon: zweihundert Porträts deutschsprachiger Autoren aus vier Jahrhunderten. Stuttgart: Metzler, 1999, pp. 84-85.


    "Fernow, Carl." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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