Ernst Kühnel (1882-1964)

ERNST KÜHNEL (1882-1964)

A German scholar. He was director of the Islamic Department of the Museum (1931-1951); professor at the University of Berlin (1935-1954); consultant to the Textile in Washington, D.C.; and member of many academies. He worked in all branches of Islamic art, notably on the connection between Coptic and Islamic art, especially textiles.

His major works are Late Antique Coptic and Islamic Textiles of Egypt, with W. F. Volbach (London, 1926); “La Tradition copte dans les tissus musulmans” (Bulletin de la d’archéologie copte 4, 1938, pp. 79-89); “ Kunst im islamischen Ägypten” (in Kunst, am Nil: Catalogue of the Exhibition in the Villa Hügel, Essen, May-August 1963, Essen, 1963, pp. 153- 56); and “Nachwirkungen der koptischen Kunst im islamischen Ägypten” (in am Nil. Internationale Arbeitstagung zur Ausstellung “ Kunst” Essen, Villa Hügel, 23.-25.7.1963, Recklinghausen, 1964, pp. 257-59).

  • Ettinghausen, R. “In memoriam Ernst Kühnel.” Madrider Mitteilungen 6 (1965):215-36.
  • Kühnel-Kunze, I. “Aus der Welt der Islamischen Kunst.” In Festschrift für Ernst Kühnel zum 75. Geburtstag am 26.10.1957. Berlin, 1959.

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