Max, Colombo

BORN 10 May 1877, München, Bayern - DIED 5 Sep 1970, Ammerland, Bayern
BIRTH NAME Max, Columbus Josef
GRAVE LOCATION Münsing-Holzhausen, Bayern: Friedhof der Pfarrkirche Johannes der Täufer, Kirchbergstrasse 10

Son of the painter Gabriel von Max. Gabriel von Hackl and Wilhelm Diez were his teachers at the Academy in Munich. He painted fresco's and ceilings and also fabricated portraits and landscapes. In 1910 he married the graphical artist and dancer Paula Schmid. Colombo adopted her son Thomas (1907-1945). Paula died in 1935.

In 1944 he created "Sie starben für die Freiheit" ("they died for freedom") in which he portrayed Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl and Christoph Probst as well as a scorpion with the face of Adolh Hitler. the painting is now at the Fakultät für Chemie und Pharmazie, Grosshadern, Munich. His adopted son Thomas was a member of a resistance group in 1945 and he was shot on the street in Grünwald near Munich.

After the war he lived at the Starnberger See in Bavaria. There he died in 1970.

• Father: Max, Gabriel von, Ritter von

Related persons
• was pupil of Diez, Wilhelm von
• painted Duncan, Isadora


The grave of Colombo Max at the cemetery at the Kirchberg in Münsing-Holzhausen.
Picture by androom (23 May 2006)


• Scheibmayr, Erich, Gräber in Oberbayern - ausserhalb von München, Verlag Erich Scheibmayr, München, 1998
Wikipedia (DE)

Max, Gabriel von, Ritter von

Published: 12 Dec 2015
Last update: 20 Jan 2022