Art historiographer and philosopher (b. 1908, İstanbul - d. 1985). He was the husband of Nazan İpşiroğlu and father of Zehra İpşiroğlu. He studied philosophy and history of art at the Universities of Bonn, Hamburg and Berlin and painting at Düsseldorf Academy of Painting. He received his doctorate in philosophy at the University of Bonn (1933). He was appointed to assistant professor (1934) and then to professor (1943) at İstanbul University, Faculty of Literature, Department of Philosophy. He worked as the Dean of the Faculty of Literature (1948-49, 1958-59) where he was appointed to the Head of the Department of Art History (1949). He retired in 1977.
He founded İstanbul University Film Centre together with Sabahattin Eyuboğlu (1956). The documentary film Hitit Güneşi (The Hittite Sun), which they prepared in collaboration, received the second prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 1956. He prepared another seven documentary films with Eyuboğlu such as Surname (Surname*, 1957) and Kapalı Çarşı (The Grand Bazaar, 1974). His essays and articles were published in the reviews Felsefe Denemeleri Dergisi (1939) and Felsefe Arkivi (1949) and in the İstanbul University Bulletin.
Martin Heidegger ve Max Scheler'de İnsan (The Human in Martin Heidegger and Max Scheller, 1939), Rönesans Sanatı (Art of Renaissance, 1942), Avrupa Sanatı ve Problemleri (European Art and its Problems, vol.1, 1946), Hegels Aesthetik in ihrem Historischen Zusammanhang (Hegel’s Aesthetic in its Historical Context, Bonn, 1953), Avrupa Sanatında Gerçek Duygusu (Sense of Reality in European Art, with S. Eyuboğlu, 1954), Fatih Albümüne Bir Bakış (A Glance at a Conqueror’s Album, S. Eyuboğlu, 1955), UNESCO'nun Türkiye Kitabı (UNESCO’s Book on Turkey, with S. Eyuboğlu, 1958), Saklı Kilise (Hidden Church, with S. Eyuboğlu, 1958), Turkey (with S. Eyuboğlu, 1961), Die Kirche von Achtamar (The Church of Aktamar, 1963), Malerei der Mangolen (1965), Das Bild im Islam (Painting in Islam, 1971), İslâm'da Resim Yasağı ve Sonuçları (Prohibition in Painting in Islam and its Consequences, 1973), Siyah Qalem (Black Marker, 1976), Oluşum Süreci Sanatın Tarihi (Process of Formation, History of Art, with Nazan İpşiroğlu, 1977), Sanatta Devrim (Revolution in Art, N. İpşiroğlu, 1979), Meisterwerke aus dem Topkapı (Masterpieces in Topkapı, 1980), Düşünmeye Çağrı (A Call to Think, with N. İpşiroğlu, 1982), Kök Atatürkçülük (Radical Kemalism, with N. İpşiroğlu, 1983).