Mütherich, Florentine

Full Name: 
Mütherich, Florentine
Other Names: 
Flortentine Mütherich
Date Born: 
1915
Place Born: 
Bestwig, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Home Country: 
Germany
Gender: 
female
Overview: 

Medievalist; specialist in Romanesque manuscript illumination. Mütherich wrote her Ph.D. in Berlin under Wilhelm Pinder, graduating in 1940. Her dissertation topic was on goldwork of the Rheinland areas during the reign of the Hohenstaufen kings. After World War II, when the Nazi NSDAP headquarters in Munich was turned into an art-historical research center, the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, she was made a member in 1949. She worked there, under its director, Ludwig H. Heydenreich, remaining until 1980. Mütherich helped build the reputation of the Zentralinstitut into one of the most important post-war research centers for German art. She became the editor of the corpus of Carolingian illuminated manuscripts with the Harvard scholar Wilhelm Reinhold Walter Koehler. Mütherich was a co-editor of the art journal Kunstchronik from 1954 to 1970. In 1962 she began publishing with the medievalist Percy Ernst Schramm an inventory of royal German portraits. In 1966 she lectured at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, the university in Munich. Mütherich was named honorary professor there in 1969. She taught as a visiting professor at Columbia University, New York, between 1976 and 1982.

Selected Bibliography: 
[bibliography to 1984:] "Bibliographie Florentine Mütherich." Studien zur mittelalterlichen Kunst 800-1250: Festschrift für Florentine Mütherich zum 70. Geburtstag. Munich: Prestel, 1985, pp. 263-264; [dissertation:] Die Ornamentik der rheinischen Goldschmiedekunst in der Stauferzeit. Berlin, 1940, published, Würzburg: K. Triltsch, 1941; and Gaehde, Joachim E. Carolingian Painting. New York: G. Braziller, 1976; Sakramentar von Metz. Fragment. Ms. Lat. 1141, Bibliothèque nationale. Paris: Vollständige Faksimile-Ausgabe [with] Graz, Akademische Druck- und Verlagsanstalt, 1972; Das Evangeliar Heinrichs des Löwen und das mittelalterliche Herrscherbild. Munich: Prestel, 1986; and Koehler, Wilhelm R. W.. Die karolingischen Miniaturen. 6 vols. Berli: Deutscher Verein für Kunstwissenschaft, 1958 ff; and Dachs, Karl, and Bloch, Peter. Das Perikopenbuch Heinrichs II.: CLM 4452 der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek München. Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer, 1994; and Klemm, Elizabeth, and Dachs, Karl. Das Quedlinburger Evangeliar: das Samuhel-Evangeliar aus dem Quedlinburger Dom. Munich: Prestel, 1991; and Schramm, Percy Ernst. Denkmale der deutschen Könige und Kaiser. 2 vols. Veröffentlichungen des Zentralinstituts für Kunstgeschichte in München 2, 7. Munich: Prestel, 1962-1978.
Sources: 
Sauerländer, Willibald. "Vorwort." Studien zur mittelalterlichen Kunst 800-1250: Festschrift für Florentine Mütherich zum 70. Geburtstag. Munich: Prestel, 1985, pp.9-10.
Contributors: 
Lee Sorensen