Jacob Burckhardt, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Jacob Burckhardt

Swiss historian (1818-1897)

Date of Birth: 25-May-1818

Place of Birth: Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland

Date of Death: 08-Aug-1897

Profession: historian, university teacher, art historian, journalist, philosopher, historian of the modern age

Nationality: Switzerland

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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About Jacob Burckhardt

  • Carl Jacob Christoph Burckhardt (May 25, 1818 – August 8, 1897) was a Swiss historian of art and culture and an influential figure in the historiography of both fields.
  • He is known as one of the major progenitors of cultural history.
  • Sigfried Giedion described Burckhardt's achievement in the following terms: "The great discoverer of the age of the Renaissance, he first showed how a period should be treated in its entirety, with regard not only for its painting, sculpture and architecture, but for the social institutions of its daily life as well." Burckhardt's best known work is The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (1860).

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