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Berenson (Bernard) Correspondence
MSS 0694  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Content
  • Biography
  • Acquisition Information
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  • Publication Rights

  • Descriptive Summary

    Languages: English
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla 92093-0175
    Title: Bernard Berenson Correspondence
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0694
    Physical Description: 0.25 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.

    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

    Acquired 2008.

    Preferred Citation

    Bernard Berenson Correspondence, MSS 694. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Art and society -- California -- San Diego
    Art historians -- United States
    Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959 -- Archives
    Woodward, Norah Bisgood -- Correspondence