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Leopold, Walther

    Full Name: Walther Leopold

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1862

    Date Died: 1976

    Place Born: Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

    Place Died: Sulzano, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy

    Home Country/ies: Germany

    Subject Area(s): Italian (culture or style), Medieval (European), and Sicilian (culture or style)


    Scholar of Sicilian medieval architecture. While a student at the Technische Hochschule, Dresden he travelled to Sicily in 1910 to study the architecture of four small towns, Castrogiovanni (today known as Enna), Piazza Armerina, Nicosia and Randazzo, in order to trace the influence of Lombardic culture in the indigenous architecture. His dissertation, published in 1917, was on that very topic (Passalacqu). Leopold’s Ph.D. advisors were the medievalist Hugo Hartung (1855-1932), art historian Cornelius Gurlitt and Robert Bruck (b. 1863). Leopold photographed many of the monuments of Sicily, documenting their appearance before modern re-arrangement of the cities.

    Selected Bibliography

    [dissertation:] Sizilianische Bauten des Mittelalters, in Castrogiovanni, Piazza Armerina, Nicosia und Randazzo. Berlin: E. Wasmuth, 1917;


    Passalacqu, Francesca. “Alla ricerca del Medioevo lombardo: il viaggio-studio di Walter Leopold in Sicilia orientale.” in Degli Aspetti dei Paesi (exhibition catalog) CIRICE 2016, pp. 937-946,

    Contributors: Lee Sorensen


    Lee Sorensen. "Leopold, Walther." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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