Gustav Ludwig-Vermächtnis

Reference code



Gustav Ludwig.


Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz).




77 boxes; 25561 items

letter collage note transcription bibliographic card press draft personal document sketch photograph newspaper clipping


subject-cataloguing criteria; 100% ordered in folders and files with progressive numbers

Scope and content

The material concerns Venetian painting of the sixteenth century, in particular Carpaccio and the legend of S. Orsola, and new archival contributions to the history of Venetian painting. In addition, the documents concern the city's commercial relations with Egypt and the Oriental art objects in the domestic life of the Venetians, the trade with Flanders and the local textile production, the minor arts, the painting of caissons, the majolica etc. The collection consists of 76 boxes of various types: 5 boxes with transcriptions of documents from the Venetian archives; 21 large folders with transcriptions on loose sheets for the most part relating to the publication "Archivalische Beiträge zur Geschichte der venezianischen Malerei von Gustav Ludwig", appeared on the Jahrbuch der preußischen Kunstsammlungen, Beiheft, 1905; scattered notes and other documents; 6 handwritten tomes with transcription of deeds; cards; drafts of the aforementioned article; sheets relating to Venetian themes; personal documents, various, notebooks and travel notes, postcards, letters.


People and organizations

Ulrich Middeldorf Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz Georg Gronau Wilhelm von Bode Detlev von Hadeln Pompeo Molmenti

Artists, schools, periods

15th century Titian's school 16th century Carpaccio's school Giovanni Bellini Paris Bordone Titian Vittore Carpaccio

Genres and themes

craftwork sculpture Venetian art market Venetian State Archives church building inventory Restello jewellery textile painting architecture illumination

History of collection

The fund consists of a series of various kinds archival items that Gustav Ludwig drew during the years of research spent in Venice between 1903 and 1905, and that Pompeo Molmenti helped to expand for about five years after the death of Ludwig. The work of Gustav Ludwig, one of the first leading scholars of modern Venetian art and a member of the Institute's Kuratorium, consists of thousands of transcriptions of sources preserved in the State Archives of Venice and still today is one of the most complete and in-depth repertoires on the events concerning the major pictorial works of the period as well as the circulation and use of artistic artifacts, often still unknown, on the Venetian antique / artistic market. Wilhelm von Bode and Georg Gronau were the first to consult the collection and publish in part in 1911.


donation. 1905.



Finding Aids

Botteghe, Candia, Torcello, Murano, Restello, S. Ursula, Carpaccio, Giovanni Bellini, Legend of S. Ursula, Titian, Paris Bordon, mariegole, Carpaccio, Legend of S. Chiara, Tiziano, Venice, Scuola Maggiore,


accessible on request


Bode, W., Gronau, G., & von Hadeln, D. (Eds.). (1911). Archivalische Beiträge zur Geschichte der venezianischen Kunst, aus dem Nachlass Gustav Ludwigs. Italienische Forschungen. Berlin: Cassirer

archivists say

Fund particularly interesting in studyng artistic heritage, market and minor arts-trade in Venice XV-XVI century.

related nuclei and collections

Correspondence and information are available in other KHI in Florenz's Archival Collections.