From 1928 he studied art history, history, classical archeology and literary history at the universities of Munich, Cologne and Basel , where he received his doctorate in 1934 under Paul Ganz . From 1934 to 1937 he was an unpaid volunteer at the Württembergische Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart, from 1937 to 1939 he worked at the Kupferstichkabinett Berlin and from 1939 at the Gemäldegalerie and the Kupferstichkabinett of the Mecklenburgisches Landesmuseum in Schwerin. After participating in the Second World War as a soldier and an American prisoner of war , he worked from January 23, 1946 to October 9, 1947 as a scientific clerk at the Kunstgutlager Schloss Celle . From February 1, 1948 until his retirement on September 30, 1959, he was director of the Wolfenbüttel City and District Home Museum , which he expanded extensively. During this time he researched the art and cultural history of Wolfenbüttel and its surroundings.
In 1960 he retired to Diessenhofen , Canton Thurgau , on the Upper Rhine . Here he dealt with the art history of the area as well as with works on German and Swiss art of the 16th and 17th centuries. Century.
- Painting from Ludwigsburg Palace. Württemberg State Gallery, Stuttgart 1935.
- Tobias Stimmer's hand drawings. With an overview of his life and all of his work. Freiburg i. Br. 1936 (dissertation).
- Lucas Cranach the Elder master drawings. Castle near Munich 1939.
- A German-Roman sketchbook from 1609–1611 in the Herzog-August-Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel. German Association for Art History, Berlin 1960.
- From Lake Constance to the Rhine Falls. A guide to art and historical sites in the district of Constance and the neighboring Swiss areas . Thorbecke, Constance / Stuttgart 1962; 3rd edition 1975.
- Lucas Cranach the Elder. Langewiesche, Königstein 1965.
- Wolfenbüttel. Spirit and splendor of an old residence. Bruckmann, Munich 1963; 2nd edition 1968.
- The drawings of the 16th and 17th centuries. All Saints Museum in Schaffhausen. Zurich / Schaffhausen 1972.
- Daniel Lindtmayer 1552–1606 / 07. The Lindtmayer family of artists from Schaffhausen. Verlagberichthaus / Prestel, Zurich / Munich 1975, ISBN 3-85572-015-0 ; ISBN 3-7913-0369-4 .
- Johann Jakob Mentzinger (1604–1668). Pastor of Diessenhofen, organ and piano board builder, designer of telescopes and scientific devices and cartographer. Schaffhausen 1975.
- Rolf Hagen : Friedrich Thöne. In: Braunschweigisches Jahrbuch. 56, 1975, pp. 184-185 ( digitized version ).
- Heinrich Geisseler : Friedrich Thöne †. In: Our art monuments. 27, 1976, 2, pp. 227-229 ( digitized version ).
- Jürg Zimmermann: In Memoriam Dr. Friedrich Thöne (1907–1975). In: Schaffhauser Contributions to History. 53, 1976, pp. 257-258 ( digitized version ).
- Pietro Maietta, Heinrich Geisseler: Bibliography Friedrich Thöne (1907–1975). In: Schaffhauser Contributions to History. 53, 1976, pp. 259-267 ( digitized version ).
- Herbert Berner: Friedrich Thöne, art historian from Hegau (1907–1975). In: Hegau. 29/30, 1984/85, pp. 273-274.
- Horst-Rüdiger Jarck: Thöne, Friedrich. In: Horst-Rüdiger Jarck , Günter Scheel (ed.): Braunschweigisches Biographisches Lexikon - 19th and 20th centuries . Hahnsche Buchhandlung, Hannover 1996, ISBN 3-7752-5838-8 , p. 609 .
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Thöne, Friedrich Heinrich Konrad (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German art historian|
|DATE OF BIRTH||October 16, 1907|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Hanover-Linden|
|DATE OF DEATH||October 27, 1975|
|Place of death||Zurich|