Paul Ganz

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Paul Ganz (born July 5, 1872 in Zurich , † August 28, 1954 in Oberhofen am Thunersee ) was a Swiss art historian .


Paul Ganz was born in Zurich in 1872 as the son of the photographer Rudolf Ganz (1848–1928) and his wife Sophie Henriette, née Bartenfeld. His siblings were the photographer and film pioneer Emil Ganz , the writer, painter and musician Hans Ganz and the composer, pianist and conductor Rudolph Ganz . Since 1910 he was married to Cécile Kern. The son Paul Leonhard Ganz (1910–1976), who later became an art historian himself, emerged from this marriage .

From 1890 to 1892 he first studied at the Académie royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles and then began studying art history at the University of Zurich . In 1900/1901 he worked as an assistant at the Basel Historical Museum and in 1901 as a private lecturer . From 1902 to 1919 he worked as a curator at the Basel Public Art Collection . From 1909 he taught as an associate professor at the University of Basel . In 1929 he became full professor of art history at the University of Basel. His research focus was on the work of Hans Holbein the Younger , whose catalog raisonné he published in 1950. In 1937 he made an extensive trip to the United States, where he viewed numerous collections and gave lectures on Holbein. In addition, he devoted himself to the work of Johann Heinrich Füssli and heraldry . His own art collection contained one work each by William Turner and Jacopo Tintoretto as well as several works by Ferdinand Hodler .

Ganz belonged to a variety of institutions. In 1902 he was one of the co-founders of the Archive for Swiss Art History and in 1913 published the Yearbook for Art and Art Care in Switzerland for the first time . From 1908 to 1919 he was President of the Association of Swiss Art Museums . He was also involved in the reorganization of the Society for Swiss Art History . He was also a board member of the Pro Helvetia cultural foundation , a member of the Federal Art Commission , the Swiss Heritage Protection , the Swiss Heraldic Society and the Swiss Graphic Society .

Publications (selection)

  • 1899 - History of heraldic art in Switzerland in the XII. and XIII. century
  • 1903 - Wall paintings for St. Peter, Basel ( digital copy )
  • 1912 - Hans Holbein the Elder J. - the master's painting in 252 illustrations
  • 1912 - The hand drawings of Hans Holbein the Younger
  • 1908 - hand drawings by Swiss masters of the XV. - XVIII. Century
  • 1924 - Masterpieces from the public art collection in Basel
  • 1924 - Early Renaissance painting in Switzerland
  • 1947 - The drawings by Hans Heinrich Füssli
  • 1950 - Hans Holbein: the paintings


  • E. Br .: Obituary Paul Ganz . Werk, Swiss monthly for architecture, art and the arts and crafts, vol. 41, issue 11, p. 270.

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