(b Ebenfurth, 29 June 1896; d Vienna, 16 Nov. 1964). Austrian art historian. He had wide interests, but he was best known as an authority on graphic art and he was director of the Albertina in Vienna from 1947 to 1961. An industrious and painstaking scholar, he compiled the standard illustrated catalogue of Rembrandt's drawings (6 vols., 1954–7, 2nd edn. 1973), and his other publications include The Art of the Renaissance in Northern Europe (1947) and monographs on Altdorfer (1939) and Schiele (1950); his father Heinrich Benesch (1862–1947), a railway executive and art collector, was one of Schiele's most important patrons.
From The Oxford Dictionary of Art in Oxford Reference.