Collection of Bernhard Berenson Materials
- 1897 - 1938
- Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959 (Creator, Person)
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Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Materials to be used on site during regular Special Collections hours or by appointment. Photocopying or scanning may be possible at discretion of staff for nominal fee. Materials may be protected by copyright.
Biographical / Historical
Bernhard Berenson (June 26, 1865 – October 6, 1959) was an American art historian specializing in the Renaissance. He was a major figure in pioneering art attribution and therefore establishing the market for paintings by the "Old Masters." Born Bernhard Valvrojenski in Lithuania, his family emigrated to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1875, whereupon the family name was changed to "Berenson." He attended the Boston University College of Liberal Arts and Harvard University. He graduated from Harvard and married Mary Smith, who became a notable art historian in her own right. Among US collectors of the early 1900s, Berenson was regarded as the pre-eminent authority on Renaissance art. His verdict of authenticity increased a painting's value. While his approach remained controversial among European art historians, he played a pivotal role as an advisor to several important American art collectors. As Renaissance scholarship has evolved, a number of Berenson's attributions are now believed to be incorrect. Berenson died at age 94 in Settignano, Italy.
1.0 Linear Feet
Materials arranged in one series: Correspondence.
Materials acquired via gift or purchase.
See ANST.1, Folder C1: Statement, regarding the events which led to the writing of Beauty and Ugliness, with Violet Paget.
- Anstruther-Thomson, Clementina, 1857-1921 (Correspondent) -- Correspondence
- Art -- History and criticism
- Art appreciation
- Art, Renaissance -- Attribution
- Fine Arts
- Lee, Vernon, 1856-1935 (Correspondent) -- Correspondence
- Perry, Lilla Cabot, 1848-1933 (Correspondent) -- Correspondence
- Perry, Thomas Sargeant, 1845-1928 (Correspondent) -- Correspondence
- Settignano (Italy)
- Willis, Irene Cooper, flourished 1920s-1930s (Correspondent) -- Correspondence
- Finding Aid to the Collection of Bernhard Berenson Materials
- Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine
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