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date: 15 October 2019

Schottmüller, Fridalocked

(b Berlin, Aug 21, 1872; d Berlin, June 12, 1936).
  • Volker Krahn

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(b Berlin, Aug 21, 1872; d Berlin, June 12, 1936).

German art historian and curator. She studied at the universities of Berlin (1899–1903) and Zurich (1903), where she wrote her thesis, Die Gestalt des Menschen in Donatellos Werk, under Heinrich Wölfflin. She then joined the staff of the Kaiser-Friedrich Wilhelm Museum (now the Bodemuseum), Berlin, where she spent the rest of her career apart from a short period (1917–18) in the Institute of Art History, Florence. The department of Italian Renaissance art at the Kaiser-Friedrich Museum achieved world renown under Wilhelm Bode. One of Schottmüller’s first tasks was to compile an index for Bode’s Denkmäler der Renaissance-Sculptur Toscanas. She herself wrote on the art of the Italian Renaissance, mainly on sculpture but also on painting. Her wide-ranging scholarship exactly reflected the approach taken by the museum, which aimed to present art within a cultural context, bringing together paintings, sculptures and other artefacts of a period in what were known as ‘period rooms’. Schottmüller’s writings on the domestic culture of the Italian Renaissance remain exemplary. Her ...

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