Wilhelm Von Bode

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Bode, Wilhelm Von


Born Dec. 10, 1845, in Calvörde, Braunschweig; died Mar. 3, 1929, in Berlin. German art historian, associated with museums.

From 1906 to 1920, Bode was general director of Berlin museums. He studied the art of the Italian Renaissance and Dutch and Flemish painting (Florentine Sculptors of the Renaissance, 1906–12; Masters of the Dutch and Flemish Schools, 1917; and others). He made wide use of archival data and discovered and studied many works of previously forgotten artists.


Die Meister der holländischen und flämischen Malerschulen, new compilation, 11th ed. Leipzig, 1968.


Beth, I. Verzeichnis der Schriften von Wilhelm von Bode. Berlin, 1915.
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(1) Together with a number of other bronzes, it was acquired in 1894 by Wilhelm von Bode, director of the sculpture department in Berlin's Royal Museums, who more than any other scholar helped to establish the nucleus of works that was to form the basis of Berlin's collection of bronzes.
Wright presented this picture for the expert consideration of Wilhelm von Bode, director-general of the Prussian state museums, who, in due course, declared it to be a 'genuine, perfect, and very characteristic work of Jan Vermeer of Delft'.
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Opened as the Kaiser Friedrich Museum in 1904, the Bode Museum's neo-baroque palace was the creation of the famous general-director of the royal museums Wilhelm von Bode (1845-1929).
First published in 1904 by Dr Wilhelm von Bode as part of the distinguished collection of the South African-born diamond magnate Alfred Beit, who also owned Vermeer's Lady writing a letter, the painting was considered an autograph work by the artist until A.B.