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Heinrich Wölfflin

(1864—1945)

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Aby Warburg

Overview page. Subjects: Art.

(b Hamburg, 13 June 1866; d Hamburg, 26 Oct. 1929).

German art historian. He came from a prosperous banking family and his wealth enabled him to pursue his own inclinations ...

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Alois Riegl

Overview page. Subjects: Art.

(b Linz, 14 Jan. 1858; d Vienna, 17 Jan. 1905).

Austrian art historian, professor of the history of art at Vienna University from 1897 until his death. He is remembered ...

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art History

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Regional and National History.

An academic discipline which, as its name implies, is concerned with the historical study of art in all its manifestations throughout the ages to the present day. Its origins can be traced...

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baroque

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

The ornate style of art and architecture which flourished in Italy in the 17th and early 18th cents., and spread throughout mainland Europe, especially in France and Spain.

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Frederick Antal

Overview page. Subjects: Art.

(1887–1954).

Hungarian art historian. Antal studied art history in Berlin and Vienna under Wölfflin and Dvořák, and in 1919 became involved in the cultural politics of the...

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Geistesgeschichte

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

A term coined by F. Schlegel in 1808; it was only rarely applied to the study of literature before the late 19th c., when W. Dilthey, in his publication Einleitung ...

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Henri Focillon

Overview page. Subjects: Art.

(b Dijon, 7 Sept. 1881; d New Haven, 3 Mar. 1943).

French art historian. He was a celebrated teacher and held various university appointments, notably at the Sorbonne in Paris ...

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Hermann Hesse

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1877–1962)

German-born Swiss novelist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946 and shortly afterwards the Goethe Prize in Germany.

Born at Calw near...

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Jacob Burckhardt

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Art.

(b Basle, 25 May 1818; d Basle, 8 Aug. 1897).

Swiss historian, professor at the universities of Zurich (1855–8) and Basle (1858–93). Much of his work was devoted to the ...

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pictorial semiotics

Overview page. Subjects: Linguistics — Media Studies.

The study of images, pictorial codes, and visual media as sign systems. This includes images in various forms, such as paintings, drawings, photographs, and pictorial advertisements. The...

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