Held, Julius S(amuel) 1905-2002

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HELD, Julius S(amuel) 1905-2002

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born April 15, 1905, in Mosbach, Germany; died December 22, 2002, in Bennington, VT. Art historian, educator, and author. Held was a respected art historian who was highly regarded for his research on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Flemish and Dutch artworks. After attending the universities of Heidelberg, Berlin, and Vienna during the 1920s, he completed his Ph.D. in art history at the University of Freiburg in 1930. For the next three years he was an assistant at the Staatliche Museum in Berlin before immigrating to the United States and embarking on an academic career. During the late 1930s he lectured at New York University and Columbia University, becoming an assistant professor at Columbia's Barnard College in 1944 and rising to professor of art in 1954. He retired as professor emeritus in 1971. Held was an expert on the artists Van Dyke, Rubens, and Rembrandt and was often consulted to determine whether particular artworks alleged to be painted by these masters were genuine. He was the author of numerous books on art history, including Rembrandt's Aristotle and Other Rembrandt Studies (1969), Rubens and His Circle: Studies by Julius S. Held (1981), and Rembrandt Studies (1990).



Los Angeles Times, January 14, 2003, p. B12.

New York Times, January 13, 2003, p. A23.

Times (London, England), January 22, 2003.