Bernard Berenson

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Berenson, Bernard


Born June 14 (26), 1865, in Vilnius; died Oct. 7, 1959, in Florence. American art historian. Graduated from Harvard University in 1887. Member of the American Academy of Arts and Literature, and a number of European academies. Lived in Italy from 1900.

In his works written between 1890 and the early 1900’s, Berenson first defined the stylistic characteristics of the Italian Renaissance schools and their representative masters. Berenson did a vast amount of work on the attribution of the paintings and drawings of Italian artists.


The Italian Painters of the Renaissance. London, 1953.
In Russian translation:
Zhivopistsy ital’ianskogo Vozrozhdeniia. Moscow, 1965.


Mostyn-Owen, W. Bibliografia di Bernard Berenson. Milan, 1955.
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There was perhaps no greater, or at least no more influential, connoisseur than Bernard Berenson, whose approach to the attribution of drawings by Michelangelo is searchingly examined in this issue by Carmen Bambach (pp.
3) The frescoes of Domenico Ghirlandaio commissioned by Lorenzo de' Medici's uncle, Giovanni Tornabuoni, portrayed various scenes from the life of John the Baptist, scenes that Bernard Berenson called "tableaux vivants.
2) Bernard Berenson, The Drawings of the Florentine Painters Classified, Criticised and Studied as Documents in the History and Appreciation of Tuscan Art, with a Copious Catalogue Raisonne, 2 vols, London, 1903 (hereafter Berenson 1903).
Like Bernard Berenson and a few other distinguished practitioners of connoisseurship, Parronchi exercises the right to change his mind, to reconsider an attribution, and to offer an alternative suggestion.
Gonzales-Palacios began by working for Feltrinelli in the early 1960s, where he was responsible for the publication of the last diaries of Bernard Berenson (Sunset and Twilight), John Pope-Hennessy's series on Italian sculpture and Douglas Cooper's books on collections.
The Kunsthistorisches Institut, founded in 1897, and Harvard University's Villa I Tatti, established in the property acquired by Bernard Berenson in 1900, supplement the resources of local monuments, collections, archives and libraries, and over the past 50 years the literature on renaissance Florence created by an international array of scholars has expanded prolifically.
In the wake of this discovery, a succession of experts--including De Groot, Bernard Berenson, Roger Fry and Wilhelm Valentiner--paid visits to Widener's home outside Philadelphia to assess the 'Nardus pictures'.
Letters from Oxford to Bernard Berenson Hugh Trevor-Roper Edited by Richard Davenport-Hines Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 20 [pounds sterling] ISBN 13 9 780297 850847
Rachel Cohen is the author of A Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists (Cape) and Bernard Berenson (Yale).