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Register of the Bernard Berenson Correspondence MSS 694
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Content
  • Biography
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Bernard Berenson Correspondence
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 694
    Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
    La Jolla, California 92093-0175
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.2 Linear feet 1 archives box
    Date (inclusive): 1950-1959
    Abstract: 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.
    Creator: 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.

    Acquisition Information

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    Preferred Citation

    Bernard Berenson Correspondence, MSS 694. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Publication Rights

    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