Richter, Gisela Marie Augusta
- John Stephens Crawford
Richter, Gisela Marie Augusta (14 August 1882–24 December 1972), classical archaeologist and art historian, was born in London, England, the daughter of Jean Paul Richter, a historian of Italian Renaissance art, and Louise Schwab, a novelist, translator, and historian of Italian Renaissance art. Gisela’s sister Irma, an artist and also a historian of Italian Renaissance art, worked closely with her, teaching her to see like an artist and to understand the value of the “practical side” of art, as Richter called it. Richter later studied pottery with Maude Robinson and learned the techniques of marble carving and bronze casting. This knowledge was invaluable to her in purchasing antiquities and writing her published works. Although their background was German, but the members of the family cosmopolitan and multilingual. They traveled frequently in continental Europe, with lengthy stays in Italy....