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   Rudolf Wittkower Papers [ca. 1923]-1978.

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Rudolf Wittkower papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Bib ID:4079491 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Wittkower, Rudolf.
Title:Rudolf Wittkower Papers [ca. 1923]-1978.
Physical description:19.5 linear ft. (ca. 23,200 items in 53 boxes, 8 card files)
Language(s):In English
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Arrangement

Arrangement

Arranged by topic. Boxes 1-32: Series I; Boxes 33-38: Series II; Boxes 39-41: Series III; Boxes 42-44: Series IV.

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Description

Scope and Content

Working files of Wittkower, dealing with Baroque and Renaissance painting, sculpture, and architecture. Included are manuscripts, notes, drawings, annotated proofs of articles and books, and some correspondence related to his writings and lectures. The majority of the files document his teaching, research, and writing at the University of London, 1934-1955, and at Columbia University. There are also some manuscript notes from his early years in Italy and Germany. Series I has been divided into six parts: Artists, Subjects, Book Manuscripts, Proofs, Notes, and Printed Materials. Some of the major files are Bernini, Bramante, Carracci, Michelangelo, and Raphael (Artists); Baroque Painting, Patronage, Rome, St. Peter's, Slade Lectures on the history of art (Subjects); ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN ITALY, BORN UNDER SATURN, and MATTHEWS LECTURES: GOTHIC VS. CLASSIC (Book Manuscripts). In addition there are proofs of essays and reviews with manuscript corrections and emmendations, copies of several of his own published works with his manuscript corrections, and typescript insertions for new editions. The Notes consist of eight card file boxes with notes chiefly relating to the Baroque period and Bernini.

Series II consists of manuscripts, typescripts, notes, galleys, and corrected page proofs of Wittkower's lectures and articles on Renaissance and Baroque sculpture and architecture, which were edited posthumously by Margot Wittkower for inclusion in SCULPTURE: PROCESS AND PRINCIPLE (1977) and THE COLLECTED ESSAYS OF RUDOLF WITTKOWER (1978).

Series III (1992 addition): The correspondence consists of invitations to give lectures, 1955-1971, including the Slade Lectures, 1970-1971; and correspondence and lectures for the "Congress on Proportion," Milan, 1951. There is the typescript for Wittkower's bibliography, LITERATURE ON GEORGIAN ARCHITECTURE (1946); a photocopy of page proofs for the German editions of his ALLEGORY AND THE MIGRATION OF SYMBOLS (1976); and entries and notes for an unpublished annotated bibliography of works on English architecture from the 16th through the 18th centuries.

Series IV (1992 addition): Lectures, notes, architectural sketches, and clippings mostly relating to Palladian architecture are in these files documenting Wittkower's research from 1950 to 1970 in various cities of North America and Europe, and his teaching in the U.S. and in Italy.

Series I

(Series I has been divided into six parts: Artists, Subjects, Book Manuscripts, Proofs, Notes, and Printed Materials. Some of the major files are Bernini, Bramante, Carracci, Michelangelo, and Raphael (Artists); Baroque Painting, Patronage, Rome, St. Peter's, Slade Lectures on the history of art (Subjects); Art and Architecture in Italy, Born under Saturn, and Matthews Lectures: Gothic vs. Classic (Book Manuscripts). In addition there are proofs of essays and reviews with manuscript corrections and emendations, copies of several of his own published works with his manuscript corrections, and typescript insertions for new editions. The Notes consist of eight card file boxes with notes chiefly relating to the Baroque period and Bernini. In Series I the contents of the parts overlap. For example, material relating to Bernini can be found in Artists, in Subjects under Rome and St. Peter's, and in Notes.)

Subseries I.5: Notes

(in card file boxes)

Series II

(Series II consists of manuscripts, typescripts, notes, galleys, and corrected page proofs of Wittkower's lectures and articles on Renaissance and Baroque sculpture and architecture, which were edited posthumously by Margot Wittkower for inclusion in Sculpture: Process and Principle (1977) and The Collected Essays of Rudolf Wittkower (1978).)

Series III: 1992 Addition

(The correspondence consists of invitations to give lectures, 1955-1971 including the Slade Lectures, 1970-1971 and correspondence and lectures for the "Congress on Proportion," Milan, 1951. There is the typescript for Wittkower's bibliography, Literature on Georgian Architecture (1946); a photocopy of page proofs for the German editions of his Allegory and the Migration of Symbols (1976); and entries and notes for an unpublished annotated bibliography of works on English architecture from the 16th through the 18th centuries.)

Series IV: 1992 Addition: Palladian Architecture and Related Trends

(Lectures, notes, architectural sketches, and clippings mostly relating to Palladian architecture are in these files documenting Wittkower's research from 1950 to 1970 in various cities of North America and Europe, and his teaching in the U.S. and in Italy.)

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Using the Collection

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This collection has no restrictions.

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Rudolf Wittkower papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Cataloged 09/--/1989 Christina Hilton Fenn

Papers Processed 11/25/1992 KM

Typescript of Art & Architecture... Processed 10/13/2000 HR

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-06-26 File created.
    2014-03-12 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Wittkower, Margot.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Genre/Form

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Architectural drawings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Articles.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bibliographies.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Card filesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Drawings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Essays.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Galley proofs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lectures.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Manuscripts for publication.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Notes.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Proofs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Reviews.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sketches.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
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Architects.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--Italy.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Art historians.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Art.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Artists as architects.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Artists,PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Arts, Baroque.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Arts, German.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Arts, Renaissance.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Arts--Italy.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bernini, Gian Lorenzo, 1598-1680.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bramante, Donato, 1444?-1514.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Carracci, Agostino, 1557-1602.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Carracci, Annibale, 1560-1609.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Carracci, Lodovico, 1555-1619.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cathedrals--Italy.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
College teachers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University--Faculty.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Painting.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Palladio, Andrea, 1508-1580.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Raphael, 1483-1520.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rome (Italy)--History.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sculptors.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sculpture.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
University of London.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

Rudolf Wittkower (1901-1971) was professor of art history at Columbia University, 1956-1969.

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