Leo Steinberg research papers

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Leo Steinberg.


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12 Linear Feet (54 boxes, 63 unprocessed boxes)

correspondence photograph photographic print notebook


Organized in seven series: Series I. Borromini research, 1953-1993 (bulk 1953-1960 (boxes 1-4)); Series II. Rodin research, 1962-1977 (boxes 5-6*); Series III. Titian research, 1965-1986 (boxes 7-8); Series IV. Correspondence and lectures, 1952-1995 (boxes 9-10); Series V. Publications: manuscripts and letters, 1962-1996 (boxes 11-12); Series VI. Abandoned dissertation, 1956 (box 13); Series VII. Course notes, 1950-1963 (boxes 14-28C).

Scope and content

The Leo Steinberg Research Papers consist of research notes, correspondence relating to his lectures and essays, papers written by his students, several versions of some of his essays, an abandoned dissertation project, and many of his notebooks from courses he took at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. The archive reflects Steinberg's career as an art critic, lecturer and teacher from ca. 1945-ca.1996. The research notes and course notebooks give a clear picture of Steinberg's fields of interest, as well as his association with many distinguished art historians. Included are Steinberg's unpublished research on Borromini, his work on Rodin and Titian in the form of notes, photographs, lectures in typescript with notes; a few essays by others; his dissertation on Borromini, and professional correspondence such as with Rudolf Wittkower about Borromini.


People and organizations

Julius S. Held Erwin Panofsky Ernst Kitzinger Hilton Kramer Margaret Barr Scolari John Canaday Irving Lavin Annette Michelson Charles Sterling Robert Goldwater Bates Lowry Andr� Chastel

Artists, schools, periods

Renaissance Francesco Borromini modern art Titian Jasper Johns Auguste Rodin

Genres and themes

Christian iconography painting art of Europe art critic art history sculpture drawing

Other contents

Francesco Borromini Titian Rudolf Wittkower Auguste Rodin New York University Institute of Fine Arts Cappella Paolina Three Women at the Spring Michelangelo's Piet�s. The Creation of Adam Last Supper




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Finding Aids

The papers are organized in 7 series: Series I. Borromini research, 1953-1993 (bulk 1953-1960); Series II. Rodin research, 1962-1977; Series III. Titian research, 1965-1986; Series IV. Correspondence and lectures, 1952-1995; Series V. Publications: Manuscripts and Letters, 1962-1996; Series VI. Abandoned dissertation, 1956; Series VII. Course notes, 1950-1963



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archivists say

The archive reflects Steinberg's career as an art critic, lecturer, and teacher, ca. 1945-1966 ca.