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Schorn, Ludwig

    Full Name: Schorn, Ludwig

    Other Names:

    • Johann Karl Ludwig Schorn

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1793

    Date Died: 1842

    Place Born: Castell, Bavaria, Germany

    Place Died: Weimar, Thuringia, Germany

    Home Country/ies: Germany


    Early translator of and exponent of Vasari. The first half of the nineteenth century marked a growing interest in Italy as the birthplace of art. Johann Dominico Fiorillo and Karl Friedrich von Rumohr through their early art histories had established this link, and painters from Germany flocked there to study the work of Raphael and other Renaissance masters. The Vite of Giorgio Vasari was central to an understanding of these artists. Schorn made the first translation into German, writing an introductory preface as well. After Schorn collaborated with painter and art historian Ernst Förster to establish the Vasari Ausgabe, with Schorn writing the introduction to the first volume. After Schorn’s death, Förster continued the project. Schorn’s lectures on art history at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München were the foundation of the establishment of the later Institut für Kunstgeschichte at the University.

    Selected Bibliography

    and Klenze, Leo, Ritter von. Beschreibung der Glyptothek Sr. Majestät des Königs Ludwig I. von Bayern. Munich: J.G. Cotta, 1837


    Busch, Werner.[commentary before the excerpt on Schorn.] Kunsttheorie und Kunstgeschichte des 19. Jahrhunderts in Deutschland 1: Texte und Dokument. Stuttgart: Reclam, 1982, pp. 299-300; Metzler Kunsthistoriker Lexikon: zweihundert Porträts deutschsprachiger Autoren aus vier Jahrhunderten. Stuttgart: Metzler, 1999, pp. 369-70.


    "Schorn, Ludwig." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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