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Erwin Panofsky
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Erwin Panofsky photographed in the 1920s
Born (1892-03-30)March 30, 1892
Died March 14, 1968(1968-03-14) (aged 75)
Scientific career
Fields Art history

Erwin Panofsky (March 30, 1892 in Hannover – March 14, 1968 in Princeton, New Jersey) was a German-Jewish art historian, whose academic career was pursued mostly in the U.S. after the rise of the Nazi regime.

Panofsky's work represents a high point in the modern academic study of iconography, which he used in hugely influential works like his "little book" Renaissance and Renascences in Western Art and his masterpiece, Early Netherlandish Painting.

Many of his works are still in print. Panofsky's ideas were also highly influential in intellectual history in general, particularly in his use of historical ideas to interpret artworks and vice versa.

Van Eyck - Arnolfini Portrait
Panofsky made important contributions to the study of iconography, including his interpretation of Jan van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait (1434, pictured).
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