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Schwarz, Heinrich M.

    Full Name: Schwarz, Heinrich M.

    Other Names:

    • Heinrich M. Schwarz

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 12 September 1911

    Date Died: 1957

    Place Born: Borghees bei Emmerich, Westphalia, Germany

    Home Country/ies: Germany

    Subject Area(s): architecture (object genre), Cypriote, French (culture or style), Gothic (Medieval), Greek (modern), Italian (culture or style), Maltese (culture or style), Mediterranean (Early Western World), Near Eastern (Early Western World), Portuguese (culture or style), sculpture (visual works), Southern European, and Spanish (culture or style)


    Scholar of Mediterranean gothic art and architecture. Schwarz was the son of Mathias Schwarz, a teacher in the Volksschule in Borghees, and Wilhelmine Kaiser (Schwarz), both devout Roman Catholics. He graduated from the gymnasium in Emmerich in 1931 with degrees in Germanistik and history. After two years (“four semesters”) studying philology in college, he began art history courses at the universities of Hamburg and Bonn, hearing lectures by the young Fritz Baumgart, Hans Burmeister (Hamburg), Paul Clemen (Bonn), Eugen Lüthgen, Erwin Panofsky (Hamburg), and Charles de Tolnay (Hamburg) and Hans Weigert. During World War II, Schwarz and the museum director Ernst Nawrath (1890-) authored a cultural guidebook on Sicily, published in 1945. It became a popular guide translated and reissued in several editions. In 1957 Schwarz was engaged in editing a joint Festschrift for Leo Bruhns, Franziskus Wolff Metternich and Ludwig Schudt when he was killed in an accident in 1957. The project was taken over by Hanno Hahn who himself was also killed in an accident in 1960. The ill-fated festschrift was finally given to Harald Keller to complete.

    Selected Bibliography

    [dissertation:] Die kirchliche Baukunst der Spätgotik im klevischen Raum. Marburg, 1938, published, Bonn: Ludwig Röhrscheid, 1938; Nawrath, Ernst Alfred, Sizilien: Kunst, Kultur, Landschaft. Vienna: A. Schroll, 1945, English, Sicily. New York: Studio Publications 1956.


    “Lebenslauf.” Schwarz, Heinrich M. Die kirchliche Baukunst der Spätgotik im klevischen Raum. Bonn: Ludwig Röhrscheid, 1938, p [75]; Keller, Harald. “Vorwort.” Miscellanea Bibliothecae Hertzianae zu Ehren von Leo Bruhns, Franz Graf Wolff Metternich [und] Ludwig Schudt. Munich: A. Schroll, 1961, p. [i].


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