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Bernard Berenson Letters (VMF011)

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Berenson to Max Goldstein, St. Louis, from I Tatti, Florence. Berenson request Goldstein to send him photographs of drawings being exhibited at the St. Louis Art Museum (July, 1935) for possible inclusion in the catalogue of a new edition of his Drawings of Florentine Painters

Berenson to Max Goldstein, St. Louis, from I Tatti, Florence.  Berenson thanks Goldstein for sending the requested photographs.  He expresses interest in a drawing attributed to Piero Pollaiolo and refers to Dr. Laeles and Dr. Parker. He expresses the opinion that drawings in the exhibit attributed to Michelangelo are actually by Passarotti, and one ascribed to Bronzius may be by Batt. Lauco



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Title: Bernard Berenson Letters (VMF011), 1935Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1935: August 17 - 1935: October 26

ID: MSS/VMF/011

Primary Creator: Berenson, Bernard (1865-1959)

Extent: 2.0 Items

Date Acquired: 06/26/1968

Languages: English

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Two letters from Berenson to Max Goldstein.

Collection Historical Note

Bernard 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".

Berenson was born Bernhard Valvrojenski in Butrimonys (now in Alytus district of Lithuania) to a Litvak family. They emigrated to Boston, Massachusetts from the Vilna Governorate of the Russian Empire in 1875, whereupon the family name was changed to "Berenson."  He attended the Boston University College of Liberal Arts as a freshman during 1883-84, but, unable to obtain instruction in Sanskrit from that institution, transferred to Harvard University for his sophomore year.  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 and connoisseurs, he played a pivotal role as an advisor to several important American art collectors, such as Isabella Stewart Gardner, who needed help in navigating the complex and treacherous market of newly fashionable Renaissance art. As Renaissance scholarship has evolved, a number of Berenson's attributions are now believed to be incorrect. There is also ongoing speculation as to whether some of these misattributions were deliberate, since Berenson often had a considerable financial stake in the matter. Due to the strong subjective element in connoisseurship, such accusations remain hard to either disprove or substantiate.  Berenson died at age 94 in Settignano, Italy.

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Repository: MSS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

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Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

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Acquisition Source: Gift of Mrs. Max Goldstein

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Processing Information: Processed May 1969.

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Originally laid in Les marques de collections de dessins & d'estampes : marques estampillées et écrites de collections particulières et publiques : Marques de marchands, de monteurs et d'imprimeurs. Cachets de vente d'artistes décédés. Marques de graveurs apposées après le tirage des planches. Timbres d'édition. Etc / avec des notices historiques sur les collectionneurs, les collections, les ventes, les marchands et éditeurs, etc., par Frits Lugt.

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[Item 1: Berenson to Max Goldstein, St. Louis, from I Tatti, Florence. Berenson request Goldstein to send him photographs of drawings being exhibited at the St. Louis Art Museum (July, 1935) for possible inclusion in the catalogue of a new edition of his Drawings of Florentine Painters, 1935: August 17],
[Item 2: Berenson to Max Goldstein, St. Louis, from I Tatti, Florence.  Berenson thanks Goldstein for sending the requested photographs.  He expresses interest in a drawing attributed to Piero Pollaiolo and refers to Dr. Laeles and Dr. Parker. He expresses the opinion that drawings in the exhibit attributed to Michelangelo are actually by Passarotti, and one ascribed to Bronzius may be by Batt. Lauco, 1935: October 26],
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Item 1: Berenson to Max Goldstein, St. Louis, from I Tatti, Florence. Berenson request Goldstein to send him photographs of drawings being exhibited at the St. Louis Art Museum (July, 1935) for possible inclusion in the catalogue of a new edition of his Drawings of Florentine Painters, 1935: August 17Add to your cart.
Autograph letter, signed. 4 pages.


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