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.
Carl Ludwig Fernow
19 November 1763
04 December 1808
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.