Margot Wittkower

Margot Wittkower (1902 – July 3, 1995) née Margot Holzmann, was a German-American Interior designer and art historian specializing in neo-Palladian architecture and Italian Renaissance and Baroque period.

Life and Work

Born as Margot Holzmann in Berlin, Germany. She was primarily an artist but later established herself as an interior designer. She met her future husband Rudolf Wittkower when she was just age 16 however they waited until 1923 to marry, due to their young ages.[1] Rudolf was a British citizen from birthright; his father held British citizenship despite being raised in Germany. Rudolf began teaching at Cologne University in 1932, but because Wittkower was Jewish, she was forced to leave Germany due to Nazi control. In 1933 the couple moved to London. Margot specialized in apartment interiors and furniture design at this time and both husband and wife were drawn to neo-Palladian architecture. Starting around the mid-1950s she co-authored various books with her husband, many of which are significant today in the area of Italian Art History.[2] Together they documented in their writings the change from craftsmen to artist during the Renaissance.[3] She died at age 93 at her home in Manhattan.[4]



  1. Sorensen, Lee (Nov 27, 2000). "Margot Wittkower née Holzmann". Dictionary of Art Historians. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
  2. "Authors, Margot and Rudolf Wittkower". New York Review Books. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
  3. Parker, Rozsika; Pollock, Griselda (July 30, 2013). Old Mistresses: Women, Art and Ideology. I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited. p. 86. ISBN 1780764049.
  4. "Obituaries, Margot Wittkower; Interior Designer, 93". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. July 13, 1995. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
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