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Piper, Ferdinand

    Full Name: Piper, Ferdinand

    Other Names:

    • Ferdinand Piper

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1811

    Date Died: 1889

    Home Country/ies: Germany

    Subject Area(s): Christianity, iconography, and Medieval (European)

    Institution(s): Universität Berlin


    Early iconographer of medieval Christian art. Willibald Sauerländer included Piper among the “pantheon of great [early] art historians” of medieval art whose numbers included Adolphe Napoléon Didron, Charles Cahier, Camille Martin and Franz Xaver Kraus.

    Selected Bibliography

    Mythologie und Symbolik der christlichen Kunst von der älterten Zeit bis in’s sechzehnte Jahrhundert. 2 vols. Weimar: Landesindustrie-comptoir, 1847-1851.


    Sauerländer, Willibald. “Émile Mâle.” Dictionnaire critique des historiens de l’art actifs en France de la Révolution à la Première Guerre mondiale [website]

    Contributors: Lee Sorensen


    Lee Sorensen. "Piper, Ferdinand." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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