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INVENTORY OF THE LEO STEINBERG RESEARCH PAPERS, 1945-1996, bulk 1950-1993
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Leo Steinberg research papers
    Date (inclusive): 1945-1996
    Date (bulk): 1950-1993
    Collection number: 930046
    Creator: Steinberg, Leo, 1920-
    Extent: ca. 12 linear ft. (28 boxes)
    Repository: Getty Research Institute
    Research Library
    Special Collections and Visual Resources
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
    Abstract: 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.
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    Language: Collection material in English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Leo Steinberg research papers, 1945-1996 (bulk 1950-1993), Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 930046.

    Acquisition Information

    Received from Leo Steinberg, in two acquisitions, 1993, 1996.

    Processing History

    Jocelyn Gibbs processed and wrote a box list for the first acquisition (accession no. 930046). A supplementary acquisition (accession no. 960096) was moved to this collection and processed by Rose Lachman.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    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 Borromini.
    Steinberg taught drawing and art history at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York from 1961 to 1975, and ended his teaching career as Benjamin Franklin Professor at the University of Pennsylvania (1975-1991). His lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Studio School in New York, Columbia University, and elsewhere attracted a broad audience of artists, art lovers and scholars. As an art critic, he is known for his writings on historical subjects and individual artists, as well as on modern and contemporary art subjects.
    Published works range from short reviews and essays to book-length studies and include San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, a study in multiple form and architectual symbolism , 1960; Jasper Johns, 1963; Other Criteria, 1972 (compilation of 18 essays); Michelangelo's last paintings, the Conversion of St. Paul and the Crucifixion of St. Peter in the Cappella Paolina, Vatican Palace , 1975; The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance art and in modern oblivion , 1983.
    Leo Steinberg is the first art historian to receive the Award in Literature from the American Academy and the Institute for Arts and Letters (1983). He also received the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism from the College Art Association (1984), and a MacArthur Fellowship (1986).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    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. Correspondence from ca.1993-1996 consists mainly of letters and notes by Steinberg about the archive.
    The research notes and course notebooks, which contain numerous photographs, give a clear picture of Steinberg's topics of interest. The artists he concentrated on include Francesco Borromini, Auguste Rodin and Titian (boxes 1-8). The correspondence deals mostly with lectures he gave at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and elsewhere (boxes 9-10); the publication series refers almost exclusively to the essays compiled in his book Other Criteria (boxes 11 and 12, the latter an audio tape). The abandoned dissertation, Afterlife of Romanesque, reflects his interest in romanesque art and architecture under the influence of his professor, Richard Krautheimer (box 13); and the course notebooks contain his notes from his student days with such distinguished art historians as Erwin Panofsky, Richard Krautheimer, Charles Sterling, Karl Lehmann, Alfred Salmony, Harry Bober and Wolfgang Lotz (boxes 14-28).

    Arrangement

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects

    Borromini, Francesco, 1599-1667
    Johns, Jasper, 1930-
    Rodin, Auguste,1840-1917
    Titian, ca. 1488-1576
    Art critics—United States
    Art historians—United States
    Art—History—Study and teaching (Graduate)—United States
    Art, Modern—History

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Notebooks
    Photographic prints
    Photographs, Original

    Contributors

    Barr, Margaret Scolari, 1901-1987
    Bober, Harry, 1915-
    Canaday, John, 1907-
    Chastel, André, 1912-
    Cohen, Gerson D. (Gerson David), 1924-
    D'Harnoncourt, Rene, 1901-1968
    Goldwater, Robert John, 1907-1973
    Held, Julius Samuel, 1905-
    Janson, H. W. (Horst Woldemar), 1913-
    Kitzinger, Ernst, 1912-
    Kramer, Hilton
    Krautheimer, Richard, 1897-
    Lavin, Irving, 1927-
    Lehmann, Karl, 1894-1960
    Leider, Philip, 1929-
    Lotz, Wolfgang, 1912-
    Lowry, Bates, 1923-
    Michelson, Annette
    Panofsky, Erwin, 1892-1968
    Salmony, Alfred, 1890-1958
    Sterling, Charles, 1901-
    Weissberger, Herbert, 1892-
    Wittkower, Rudolf
    Art journal (New York, N.Y.) Arts (New York (New York, N.Y.)