Karl Görz was an art historian, a writer, a journalist, a doctor of philosophy, a professor of the Moscow University and a curator of museums


In 1840–1844 he studied at the Philosophy Faculty of the Moscow University. In 1845–1851 he participated in the Sovremennik magazine, writing several short novels. In 1851, he left Russia to live in Germany, Italy, France and Britain. In 1853–1854 he studied in the University of Berlin. In 1857, he became an associate professor of the Moscow University. In 1873, he defended a Ph. D. thesis. He taught not only in the University, but also in the Moscow High School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1861–1863), in the Moscow Conservatoire (1866–1871) and in the Stroganov School of Arts and Industries (1878–1879). He participated in various societies: among other things, he was in 1864–1872 the Secretary and the Deputy President of the Moscow Archeological Society.

Since 1861, he took an active part in organizing the Moscow Rumyantsev Museum. When the Rumyantsev collections were transferred in Moscow (in 1862), Görz became the curator of the Department of Fine Arts and Antiquities. In 1864, he created the first catalog of paintings of the Rumyantsev Museum, and two years later, he made the first catalog of prints. The prints were classified according to artistic schools, and the prints of every school were classified chronologically. The catalog included the biographies of every artist. Görz organized the first permanent exhibition of prints in the Museum and published its catalog. He organized the arrival of new prints to the museums through donations (for example, the donation of the Konstantin Ryumin’s collection).

Literary and scientific works by Görz were published: Гёрц K.K. Собрание сочинений. Т. 1–9. Москва, 1899–1901 (Collected writings. Vol. 1–9).