Erwin Panofsky

Past Faculty
School of Historical Studies

Affiliation

Historical Studies

The field of art history has a long tradition at the Institute for Advanced Study, beginning in 1935 with the appointment to the Faculty of the renowned German art historian Erwin Panofsky. His interests ranged across the spectrum from European Medieval and Renaissance art, to literature, to motion pictures, but he is most closely associated with the development of the field of iconology. He described himself as a humanist, which he defined as somebody who rejects authority but respects tradition.

Dates at IAS

Emeritus
School of Historical Studies
Faculty
School of Historical Studies

Degrees

University of Freiburg
Ph.D.
1914

Honors

Honorary Degrees: 1936 University of Utrecht
1967
Pour le Mérite für Wissenschaften und Künste, Munich
1966
Medal for Distinguished Service to Education in Art National Gallery, Washington, DC
1966
Charles Rufus Morey Book-Award (for Tomb Sculpture)
1963
Medaglia d'Oro della Rep-publica Italiana
1963
Hon dir College Art Assoc of Amer
1962
Haskins Medal (for Renaissance and Renascences)
1962
Kungl Vitterhets Hist Antikvitets Akad, Stockholm
1960
Charles Rufus Morey Book-Award (for Renaissance and Renascences)
1959
Joachim Jungius-Medaille der Joachim Jungius Gesellschaft, Hamburg
1957
Corresponding Member, Deut Akad für Sprache und Dichtung
1954
Koninklijke Nederlandse Akad Weten-schappen
1937
Mediaeval Acad Amer
1913
Preis der Grimm-Stiftung, Friedrich-Wilhelms Univ, Berlin