This collection contains thorough
photographic documentation by Max Hutzel of art and architecture in Italy ranging in date
from Antiquity to late Baroque. Included are photographs of secular buildings, museum
holdings, ancient ruins, and religious institutions covering a broad range of artistic forms
and styles, including architecture, paintings, frescoes, sculpture, manuscripts, metalwork
and other minor arts. The regions most heavily represented are: the Abruzzi, Lazio
(including Rome), the Marches, and Umbria.
German-born photographer and scholar Max Hutzel (1911-1988) photographed in Italy from the
early 1960s until the late 1980s, resulting in a vast body of photographs that he referred
to as "Foto arte minore." Over the years he amassed a collection of about one million
negatives and sold his photographs to individual scholars for publication and to
institutions such as the Biblioteca Herziana, the National Gallery in Washington, and the
Kunsthistorische Institut in Florence. He used the revenue from these sales, in addition to
some financial support he received from his brother in Germany, to continue his work until
(circa 67,275 black-and-white photographic prints, circa 86,400
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