Scope and Content
Title: Bernard Berenson Correspondence
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 694
Mandeville Special Collections Library
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Language of Material:
0.2 Linear feet
1 archives box
Date (inclusive): 1950-1959
Correspondence of art historian Bernard Berenson primarily with San Diego artist Norah Bisgood Woodward from 1950 to 1959.
The collection is comprised of manuscript letters and postcards, a copy of
Banchetto nel Deserto
by Alexia Mitchell, unsigned cards from Bernard Berenson, and photographic reproductions of an unknown painting.
Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959
Scope and Content
The correspondence of Bernard Berenson exhibits the friendship between San Diego artist Norah Bisgood Woodward and American
art historian Bernard Berenson (1865-1959). The main focus of this collection resides in the correspondence between Woodward
and Berenson from 1950 to 1959. Additional materials include a 1953 publication of
Banchetto nel Deserto by Alexia Mitchell, photographic reproductions of an unidentified artwork owned by Norah Woodward's husband Henry Woodward,
and unsigned cards from Berenson at his estate, Villa I Tatti.
The papers are arranged in two series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE and 2) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS.
Art historian Bernard Berenson specialized in Medieval and Renaissance art, publishing several books on Italian artists and
painting. He received critical acclaim for his text,
Lorenzo Lotto: An Essay on Constructive Art Criticism and for his later work
The Italian Painters of the Renaissance. Berenson also served as an advisor to many prominent collectors such as American art collector and patron Isabella Stewart
Gardner. In 1900 Berenson settled into I Tatti, a villa in Fiesole, Italy. He lived there until his death in 1959.
Bernard Berenson Correspondence, MSS 694. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959 -- Archives
Woodward, Norah Bisgood
Art and society--California--San Diego
Art historians--United States