He studied classical archaeology in Freiburg im Breisgau and Munich, where he was a student of Heinrich Brunn (1822–1894). From 1898 to 1902 he was a lecturer at the University of Würzburg, followed by an associate professorship at the University of Erlangen. In 1908 he returned to Würzburg as a professor, where he also served as director of the "Martin von Wagner Museum". Bulle was a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences.
Due to the massive destruction of Würzburg in March, 1945, Bulle lost all of his books and manuscripts. He died shortly afterwards in Bad Kohlgrub.
Heinrich Bulle was a specialist of ancient Greek art and sculpture. His best known written work was an innovative study of ancient art titled "Der schöne Mensch im Altertum", a book that was published over three editions. He also conducted research into ancient Greek theatre.
Selected written works
- Der schöne Mensch im Altertum, Eine Geschichte des Körperideals bei Ägyptern, Orientalen, Griechen (The beautiful man in antiquity, History of the ideal body of Egyptians, Orientals and Greeks), 1898.
- Die samische Gruppe des Myron (The Sami group of Myron), Festschrift Paul Arndt, (1925) 62 ff.)
- Der Ostgiebel des Zeustempels zu Olympia (East gables of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia), in: Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts 54 (1939). 137 ff.
- Untersuchungen an griechischen Theatern, (Studies of Greek theatres), (1928).
- Das Theater zu Sparta, (Theatre at Sparta), (1934).
- Skenographie, (Scenography), (1934).
- Zum Pothos des Skopas, (About the Pothos sculpture of Skopas), in: Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, (1941).
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- Bulle, Heinrich Ferdinand Friedrich Eduard @ NDB/ADB Deutsche Biographie