Peter Heinrich von Blanckenhagen

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Peter Heinrich von Blanckenhagen (Riga, Latvia – New York, New York) was a scholar of Roman art, and especially ancient wall painting.

Born in Latvia, von Blanckenhagen and his family fled to Germany following the Bolshevik Revolution in 1918.

It was in German universities that he received his training in Classical archaeology.

In 1947, von Blanckenhagen emigrated to the United States and was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago. He would return to Germany, but became an American citizen in 1956.

As a scholar he was best known for his expertise in Roman painting and sculpture - particularly of the Flavian period  and he had a long and distinguished career during which he published numerous books and articles and held several eminent lectureships.

At his death, von Blanckenhagen was the Robert Lehman Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.


Von Blanckenhagen was awarded

  • the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1981.
  • Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement from the Archaeological Institute of America in 1982.
  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada,


  • The Paintings from Boscotrecase. Heidelberg: F.H. Kerle, 1962.
  • "Daedalus and Icarus on Pompeian Walls," Römische Mitteilungen 75 (1968): 106-145.
  • The Augustan Villa at Boscotrecase. Mainz am Rhein: P. von Zabern, 1990.
  • "Das Bild des Menschen in der Romischen Kunst". Krefeld, Germany: Scherpe-Verlag, 1948. (The Human Image in Roman Art)


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        Relation nameRelation typeBirth DateDeath dateDescription
        1Wilhelm Johann Otto von BlanckenhagenWilhelm Johann Otto von BlanckenhagenFather10.12.186731.03.1934
        2Elisabeth Elmire Alma von BlanckenhagenElisabeth Elmire Alma von BlanckenhagenMother26.06.1875
        Hans Richard Gottlieb von BlanckenhagenBrother27.04.190004.02.1989
        Ingeborg Beate von Löwis of MenarSister03.05.190404.08.1942
        5Ruth von BlanckenhagenRuth von BlanckenhagenSister29.09.190122.07.1902

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