Walter Paatz

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Walter Paatz (born March 10, 1902 in Burg (near Magdeburg) , † November 2, 1978 in Heidelberg ) was a German art historian.


Paatz doctorate 1923 sculpture of the Gothic at Magdeburg Cathedral at the University of Goettingen in Georg Graf Vitzthum of Eckstädt and then volunteered in the Berlin museums and St. Anne's Museum Luebeck . In 1927/28 he received a scholarship at the Art History Institute in Florence . He habilitated in 1935 in Goettingen and was until 1941 as a lecturer for "German Art" in 1936 the Art History Institute of the University of Frankfurt am Main worked before to tidy his retirement in 1967 professor of art history and director of the institute where he from 1942 University of Heidelberg was . During the time of National Socialism , he belonged to the NS-Dozentbund , as a block warden of the NSV and the NS-Altherrenbund . In March 1943 he was called up for military service and in 1945 he was taken prisoner in Italy. In Heidelberg he was initially dismissed as “incriminated” after the end of the war, but after his denazification as “not affected” in November 1947, he was able to resume teaching.

Paatz was married to Elisabeth Paatz (1900–1991), daughter of the Göttingen university curator Justus Theodor Valentiner .


  • The Marienkirche zu Lübeck , German Buildings / Fifth Volume, print and publisher August Hopfer, Burg near Magdeburg 1926.
  • The Lübeck stone sculpture of the first half of the 15th century (= publications on the history of the Free and Hanseatic City of Lübeck 9, ZDB -ID 520795-2 ). Schmidt-Römhild, Lübeck 1929.
  • The Lübeck bronze production of the 15th and 16th centuries, in: Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft Vol. 51 (1930) pp. 67–91
  • Bernt Notke and his circle. German Association for Art History , Berlin 1939.
  • Sceptrum Universitatis. The European University Scepter (= Heidelberg Art History Treatises, New Volume 2) Carl Winter, Heidelberg 1953.
  • The churches of Florence. An art history manual. 6 vols. Vittorio Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 1940–1954 (together with Elisabeth Paatz).
  • Interweaving in art between 1360 and 1530. Influences from neighboring countries to the west on western Germany along the Rhine line and German-Rhenish effects on these countries, Heidelberg 1967.


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