Art historian, critic, lecturer, and
professor. The papers consist of research notes, correspondence relating to Steinberg's
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. The archive reflects Steinberg's career as an art critic,
lecturer, and teacher, ca. 1945-ca.1996.
Leo Steinberg, art historian, critic, lecturer and professor, was born in Russia in 1920
and lived in Berlin and London before emigrating to the United States in 1938. After
studying at the Slade School of Art in London, he entered the Institute of Fine Arts at New
York University in the mid-1950s (Ph.D., 1960), where he studied art and architecture with
historians Harry Bober, Richard Krautheimer, Karl Lehmann, Wolfgang Lotz, Erwin Panofsky,
Alfred Salmony and Charles Sterling. In 1958 and 1959 he was a guest of the American Academy
in Rome, where he researched and wrote his dissertation on the baroque architect Francesco
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