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Richter, Irma A.

    Full Name: Richter, Irma A.

    Other Names:

    • Irma Richter

    Gender: female

    Date Born: 1876

    Date Died: 1956

    Place Born: Paris, Île-de-France, France

    Place Died: Rome, Lazio, Italy

    Home Country/ies: United Kingdom

    Subject Area(s): Italian (culture or style), Italian Renaissance-Baroque styles, and Renaissance


    Leonardo scholar; artist and translator; sister of and collaborator with art historian Gisela M. A. Richter. Richter was the daughter of art historian Jean Paul Richter. She studied at the Slade School of art, Oxford and in Paris. Although principally an artist, her knowledge of (and interest in) art history and languages led her to translations and writing about Leonardo and, with her sister, Gisela M. A. Richter, the curator of Greek art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, books on Greek sculpture. She taught (studio) art in Greenwich, CT, and in London. Her painting exhibitions included the Beaux-arts Gallery in London, 1909-28; the Salon in Paris; Goupil Gallery, London; the New English Art Club and the National Portrait Society.

    Selected Bibliography

    “Re-discovered painting by Pietro da Cortona.” Apollo 14 (November 1931): 285-7; “Proportions of the Apollo in New York.” Metropolitan Museum Studies 5 (June 1934): 51-4; “Earliest reference to the Leonardo drawings in the English royal collection.” Burlington Magazine 71 (September 1937): 139-40; Rhythmic Form in Art: an Investigation of the Principles of Composition in the Works of the Great Masters. London: John Lanev, 1932; [Translated and edited:] and Richter, Jean Paul. The Literary Works of Leonardo da Vinci. 2 vols. 2nd ed. London: Oxford University Press, 1939; Leonardo da Vinci. Paragone: a Comparison of the Arts. London: Oxford University Press, 1949; Richter, Jean Paul, and Morelli, Giovanni. Italienische Malerei der Renaissance: im Briefwechsel von Giovanni Morelli und Jean Paul Richter, 1876-1891 Baden-Baden: Grimm, 1960; and Richter, G. M. A. Kouroi: Archaic Greek Youths: a Study of the Development of the Kouros Type in Greek Sculpture. New York: Oxford University Press, 1942.


    Petteys, Chris. Dictionary of Women Artists. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985, p. 597; [obituary:] Revue Archeologique 48 no. 6 (July 1956): 71.


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