Friedländer, Max Julius

BORN 5 Jun 1867, Berlin - DIED 11 Oct 1958, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Friedhof Heerstrasse, Trahkener Allee 1, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf (Feld 2-D (ashes) (Ehrengrab))

Max Friedländer came from a Jewish family of bankers and jewelers. He studied in München, Florence and Leipzig and in 1891 he promoted on a thesis on Albrecht Altdorfer.

He worked on a voluntary basis for Friedrich Lippmann at the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin and in 1894 he became the assistant of Ludwig Scheibler at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne.

After his return to Berlin in 1896 he worked for the Gemäldegalerie and in 1924 he became its firs director. From 1908 to 1930 he was also the director of the Kupferstichkabinet. After the nazis came to power in 1933 he was fired. In 1939 he emigrated to the Netherlands. Althought he was in danger there as well after 1940 his knowledge of old Dutch paintings was so wide that Hermann Göring frequently made use of his services.

In 1953 he was decorated by West Germany. He died in Amsterdam in 1958 and was buried at the Friedhof Heerstrasse in Berlin. In 2014 the Kupferstichkabinett named a prize after him.


The grave of Max Friedländer at Friedhof Heerstrasse, Berlin.
Picture by androom (25 Aug 2006)


• Hammer, Klaus, Historische Friedhöfe & Grabmäler in Berlin, Stattbuch Verlag, Berlin, 1994
Max J. Friedländer – Wikipedia

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Published: 23 Jul 2017
Last update: 08 Jan 2024