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Förster, Otto H.

    Image Credit: Judisches Museum Berlin

    Full Name: Förster, Otto H.

    Other Names:

    • Otto H. Förster

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1894

    Date Died: 1975

    Home Country/ies: Germany

    Subject Area(s): Italian (culture or style) and Renaissance


    Director Wallraf-Richartz, and historian of Italian Renaissance Art. Förster wrote his dissertation under Heinrich Wölfflin in Munich. Förster became Director of the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne in 1933. As a museum director under the Third Reich, he sold off works from the museum’s storage and acquired works from the forced sales of Jewish collections and from the occupied countries in exchange. At the end of World War II, Förster retired in 1946, but he resumed his position in 1957. In 1970 Foerster married the art historian Lotte Brand Foerster.

    Selected Bibliography

    monograph on Bramante


    Wölfflin, Heinrich. Heinrich Wölfflin, 1864-1945: Autobiographie, Tagebücher und Briefe. Joseph Ganter, ed. Basel: Schwabe & Co., 1982, p. 499; Bazin 435


    "Förster, Otto H.." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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