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Wulff, Oskar

    Full Name: Wulff, Oskar

    Other Names:

    • Oskar Konstantin Wulff

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1864

    Date Died: 1946

    Place Born: St. Petersburg, Russia

    Place Died: Berlin, Germany

    Home Country/ies: Germany

    Subject Area(s): art theory


    Theoretician; professor in Berlin (1920s); Josef Rudolf Thomas Strzygowski student. Raised in Estonia in a German family, he studied Archaeology and Philology in Dorplat and Petersburg. In 1892 he studied art history in Leipzig under August Schmarsow, developing the dominant enthusiasms for iconography and the psychology of art. 1895-99 he was in Istanbul (Russian Archaeological Institute), and then in Berlin, first as a curatorial assistant in the Kaiser Friedrich Museum and after 1917 as the successor to Karl Frey as professor at the University of Berlin. At the Berlin museum his colleagues in Wilhelm Vöge.

    Selected Bibliography

    Grunlinien und kritische Erörterungen zur Prinzipienlehre der bildenden Kunst. Stuttgart: F. Enke, 1917.


    Dilly, 30; KMP, 23 mentioned; Metzler Kunsthistoriker Lexikon: zweihundert Porträts deutschsprachiger Autoren aus vier Jahrhunderten. Stuttgart: Metzler, 1999, pp. 496-499.


    "Wulff, Oskar." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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