Nachlass Richard Krautheimer


Richard Krautheimer.


Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute of Art History (Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute of Art History).




203 boxes, several large size folders containing graphic material

photograph typescript manuscript offprint


documents and photographs are grouped in folders

Scope and content

private records and photographs; awards; offprints; notes on activities as collector; study materials on Byzantine art, synagogues, Judaica, churches in Rome, Italy and the Mediterranean, as well as on architects; 22 boxes of correspondence in alphabetic order (n.b.: there are no letters prior to 1952, most letters date from the time after Krautheimer’s removal to Rome in 1971).


People and organizations

Ernst Steinmann Willibald Sauerländer Erwin Panofsky Richard Hamann Paul Frankl Justus Bier Karl Lehmann Wolfgang Lotz Werner Weisbach James S. Ackerman Wolfgang Frankl Ernst Kitzinger Gerard E. Caspary Heinrich Wölfflin Christoph Luitpold Frommel Walter Friedländer Adolph Goldschmidt

Artists, schools, periods

Baroque Gian Lorenzo Bernini Renaissance early Christian art and architecture Byzantine art Francesco Borromini Lorenzo Ghiberti

Genres and themes

Rome synagogue early Christian art and architecture Byzantine architecture Renaissance architecture

History of collection

Bequeathed to the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Krautheimer’s will of June 1992; main heir of Krautheimer’s legacy was his nephew Gerard Caspary; the documents were found in Krautheimer’s apartment in the Palazzo Zuccari, Rome; an inventory of the archive was compiled in 1997.



Finding Aids

detailed inventory; word document


for the most part accessible to scientific research by appointment; the correspondence is still inaccessible (period of protection still lasting), special permission is required

related nuclei and collections

Munich, Institut für Zeitgeschichte, archive; New York, Leo Baeck Institute; New York, Public Library, Rare Books, aid box 20 (according to Wendland); Oxford, Bodleian Library, mss. SPSL 189/1 (according to Wendland); Rome, Bibliotheca Hertziana, archive, records related to Krautheimer also in section “Hertziana Allgemein”.