Ernst Kitzinger papers, 1931-1995

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Ernst Kitzinger.


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33.0 linear feet (55 boxes)

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Organized in twelve series: Series I. Writings by Ernst Kitzinger, 1932-1995 (box 1-9); Series II. Various research projects, 1968-1985 (box 9-10); Series III. Lectures, 1931-1990 (box 10-15); Series IV. Harvard courses, 1960-1978 (box 15-18); Series V. Harvard seminars, 1947-1979 (box 18-20); Series VI. Floor mosaics (box 21-26); Series VII. Cleveland marbles (box 27-28); Series VIII. Various research files and correspondence (box 29-31); Series IX. Professional activities and other writings (box 32); Series X. Photographs (box 32-48); Series XI. Slides (box 49-54); Series XII. Negatives (box 55). Physical Desc.

Scope and content

The papers document Ernst Kitzinger's scholarly contribution to the history of late antique, early Christian, Byzantine, and early medieval art. The collection is comprised of offprints of his published work, research materials, lecture materials, teaching files, and photographs and slides. Kitzinger's writings begin with his dissertation, both the unpublished and abridged published versions, and proceed with "work copies" of offprints, many from the journal Dumbarton Oaks Papers. Throughout his career, Kitzinger updated his offprints with further observations; notes on more recent bibliography; correspondence, including letters from Ernst Gombrich, Erwin Panofsky, Meyer Schapiro and Kurt Weitzmann; and reviews. The materials for more than 65 lecture topics complement, but do not expressly reiterate, Kitzinger's published work. Course files document Kitzinger's Harvard University courses on Early Christian and Byzantine Art, and his seminars on Early Christian, Anglo-Saxon, and Carolingian art, mosaics, and ivories. The research files include unpublished articles and extensive research materials on floor mosaics; frieze sarcophagi; silver; and a group of Early Christian marbles at the Cleveland Museum of Art, with correspondence with William Wixom. Other sections of the papers document Kitzinger's professional activities as a reader and reviewer for art historical journals; his participation in various publication projects, such as the project to publish the notes and ideas of Wilhelm Koehler; and efforts that he made on behalf of colleagues (such as the Hans Belting and Philip Grierson), including several published obituaries. Photographs, slides and negatives generally correspond to the content of offprints, lectures, and research files, with sections on mosaics, sculpture, panel paintings, manuscripts, ivories, silver, ceramics, coins, glass, glyptic, textiles, silver and other metal works.


People and organizations

Erwin Panofsky William D. Wixom Meyer Shapiro Kurt Weitzmann Ernst Gombrich Battiscombe C. F.

Genres and themes

Byzantine art sculpture christian iconography ancient art Coptic art museum church building mosaic Byzantine Mosaics cathedral sarcophagus mural painting

Other contents

Ernst Gombrich Ted Koehler Philip Grierson Christianity Carolingian art Hans Belting Anglo-Saxon art Dumbarton Oaks Papers Harvard University medieval art Meyer Schapiro Erwin Panofsky Byzantine art Kurt Weitzmann Cattedrale di Monreale Martorana Santa Maria Antiqua Panagia Kanakaria Dura-Europos




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Finding Aids

Series I. Writings, 1932-1995 Series II. Various Research Projects (unpublished), 1968-1993 Series III. Lectures, 1931-1990 Series IV. Harvard Courses, 1960, 1968-1978 Series V. Harvard Seminars, 1947-1979 Series VI. Floor Mosaics, n.d. Series VII. Cleveland Marbles, 1966-1979, n.d. Series VIII. Various Topics (research files and correspondence), , 1962-1994 n.d. Series IX. Various Matters (professional activities and other writings), 1942-1943, 1956, 1961-1986 Series X. Photographs, 1937-1991, n.d. Series XI. Slides, n.d. Series XII. Negatives, 1937, 1943, n.d.



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