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Richard Krautheimer (Fürth (Franconia), Germany, July 6, 1897 — Rome, Italy, November 1, 1994) was a 20th century art historian, architectural historian, Baroque scholar, and Byzantinist.

He was born in Germany in 1897, the son of Nathan Krautheimer (1854–1910) and Martha Landman (Krautheimer) (1875–1967). Krautheimer's cousin, Ernst Kitzinger, would also become a prominent Byzantinist. Krautheimer fought in the First World War as an enlisted soldier in the German army (1916–18). Between 1919–23, he initially studied law at, successively, universities in Munich, Berlin, and Marburg under faculty who included Heinrich Wölfflin, Adolf Goldschmidt and Werner Weisbach. During these years, he briefly worked on the state inventory of Churches for Erfurt (Inventarisierung der Erfurter Kirchen für die Preussische Denkmalpflege). In 1924 he married Trude Hess who subsequently also studied art history and became a noted scholar and collector herself. He completed his dissertation in Halle under Paul Frankl in 1925 with the title Die Kirchen der Bettelorden in Deutschland (1240–1340). Frankl's work remained a strong influence for Krautheimer throughout his life. Willibald Sauerländer contends that it was Krautheimer who later introduced Frankl’s work to the United States. The systematizing methodology of Krautheimer's mentor, Frankl, "never left Krautheimer" according to Willibald Sauerlander.

In 1927 he completed his habilitation under Georg Hamann in Marburg-Wittenberg. The same year, while researching at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, Krautheimer developed the idea for a handbook of Roman churches with a colleague, Rudolf Wittkower, later to become the Corpus Basilicarum. In 1928 he accepted a privatdozent teaching position at Marburg. Except for studies-in-residence at the Hertziana (1930/31, 32/33) he remained at Marburg. The Krautheimers fled Nazi persecution, leaving Germany for good. Between 1933–35 Krautheimer worked on the Corpus, accepting paying employment from Frankl’s son in the city. The ever-declining political situation for Jews in Axis-alliance countries compelled the Krautheimers to emigrate to the United States of America. Krautheimer found a position at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, a university he purportedly had never heard of. At his request, Louisville hired another fleeing art historian, Krautheimer’s friend from school days, Justus Bier. Krautheimer moved to Vassar in 1937 at the request of Vassar’s Art Department chair, Agnes Claflin. That same year saw Krautheimer’s first volume of the Corpus Basilicarum Christianarum Romae, a scholarly inventory and documentation of the early Christian churches in Rome eventually running to five volumes. The set would not be completed until 1977. Following US entry into World War II, he and Trude became naturalized citizens. Richard volunteered for duty as a senior research analyst for the Office of Strategic Services for the years 1942–44. Here he analyzed aerial photographs of Rome to assist in the protection of historic buildings during bombing. While still at Vassar, he taught (with lecturer status) at New York University (1938–49). He moved to NYU permanently in 1952 as the Jayne Wrightsman Professor of Fine Arts. The early 1950s were devoted to researching his one monograph on an artist, Lorenzo Ghiberti, published jointly with his wife in 1956. He would serve for one semester as acting Director of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

Krautheimer next engaged in what he called his most difficult book to research and write: the survey volume on early Christian architecture for the Pelican History of Art. The manuscript was completed in 1963 and published two years later. The volume turned out to be one of the finest syntheses of late antique/early medieval architecture published and brought Krautheimer his widest readership. He revised and reissued the work twice, in 1975 and 1979. After a second tome on Ghiberti in 1971, Krautheimer retired from NYU as Samuel F. B. Morse Professor Emeritus and returned to Rome. Wolfgang Lotz, friend and fellow architectural historian, offered him a residence at the Bibliotheca Hertziana. There, Krautheimer completed his long-standing research on the Corpus Basilicarum. In these final years he set to work writing two of his most synthetic and lyrical works on art history. Rome: Profile of a City (1980) and The Rome of Alexander VII (1985) combined social history, vast breadth of archival knowledge and insightful architectural history into single volumes. In both cases, Krautheimer selected comparatively neglected periods in Roman history to offer a compelling narrative of the interaction of public works and patronage. While assisting friends with plans for his 100th birthday, Krauthiemer died at 97 at the Palazzo Zuccari. His wife had preceded him in death seven years before. His many students at New York University included Howard Saalman, Leo Steinberg, Frances Huemer, Marvin Trachtenberg, Slobodan Curcic, and Dale Kinney.

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Total Books: 19
Arquitectura paleocristiana y bizantina / Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture
2004 - Arquitectura Paleocristiana Y Bizantina / Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture [Manuales Arte Catedra - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788437604954
ISBN-10: 8437604958
Genres: Arts & Photography, History, Nonfiction, Engineering & Transportation

2000 - Rome (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780691049618
ISBN-10: 0691049610
Genres: Arts & Photography, History, Christian Books & Bibles, Engineering & Transportation

Rome portrait d'une ville 312-1308
1999 - Rome Portrait D'une VIlle 312-1308 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782253905622
ISBN-10: 2253905623

Rom Schicksal einer Stadt 312 - 1308
1996 - Rom Schicksal Einer Stadt 312 - 1308 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783406305757
ISBN-10: 340630575X

Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture
1987 - Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture [Pelican History of Art] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140561685
ISBN-10: 0140561684
Genres: Arts & Photography, Engineering & Transportation

Three Christian Capitals Topography and Politics
Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture  Fourth Edition
1984 - Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture Fourth Edition [The Yale University Press Pelican Histor] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780300052947
ISBN-10: 0300052944
Genres: Arts & Photography, History, Engineering & Transportation

Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture
1981 - Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture [Hist of Art] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140561241
ISBN-10: 0140561242
Genre: Arts & Photography

Rome Profile of A City 312-1308
1980 - Rome Profile of a City 312-1308 (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780691039473
ISBN-10: 069103947X

1980 - Rome (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780691003191
ISBN-10: 069100319X
Genres: Arts & Photography, History

Lorenzo Ghiberti
1971 - Lorenzo Ghiberti [Monographs in Art & Archaeology] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780691038209
ISBN-10: 0691038201
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Three Christian Capitals Topography and Politics
Three Christian Capitals Topography and Politics [Una's Lectures] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780520045415
ISBN-10: 0520045416
Genre: History

The Rome of Alexander Vii 1655-1667
The Rome of Alexander VII 1655-1667 (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780691002774
ISBN-10: 0691002770
Genres: History, Reference, Engineering & Transportation

Lorenzo Ghiberti
Lorenzo Ghiberti [Monographs in Art & Archaeology] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780691003368
ISBN-10: 069100336X

Lorenzo Ghiberti [Princeton Monographs in Art and Archaeology] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
The Rome of Alexander VII 1655-1667
The Rome of Alexander VII 1655-1667 (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780691040325
ISBN-10: 069104032X
Genre: History