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Schmidt, Gerhard

    Full Name: Schmidt, Gerhard

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 11 May 1924

    Date Died: 03 April 2010

    Place Born: Vienna, Vienna state, Austria

    Place Died: Vienna, Vienna state, Austria

    Home Country/ies: Austria

    Subject Area(s): Medieval (European)

    Institution(s): Universität Wien


    Professor of art history, University of Vienna. Schmidt parents were a doctor (father) and a school teacher (mother). He served the Nazi Reich as a soldier in the Second World war and was interned in an American POW camp. Released after the war, he entered the University in Vienna to study medicine. The next year he switched to art history. He received his doctorate in art history in 1951, his dissertation topic was on French relief sculpture. His habilitation followed in 1959 with the title Die Armenbibeln des XIV. Jahrhunderts (Armenian Bibles of the Fourteenth Century). He was appointed ordentlich Professor in 1962. He was elected a corresponding member of the philosphical-historical division of the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften in 1972. Schmidt was granted emeritus status in 1992). After his 2010 he was buried in the Heiligenstädter Friedhof in Vienna. His students include Alessandra Comini.

    Contributors: Lee Sorensen


    Lee Sorensen. "Schmidt, Gerhard." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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