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Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959

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dates 1865–1959
city Settignano, Florence
other citiesBoston, MA; Cambridge, MA; Butrimonys [Butrymanz] (Vilna), Lithuania;
countryItaly
gender M
historical notes Berenson was an art historian, critic, collector, and teacher; Florence, Italy. First name often spelled Bernhard.

He was "discovered" by Isabella Stewart Gardner immediately after his graduation from Harvard. As a patron of the fine arts, Gardner financed Berenson's travels in Italy to collect Italian Renaissance art for the Venetian palazzo she re-created in Boston. Berenson bought Villa I Tatti, his home in Florence, before the Second World War. During the war he and his wife and his personal secretary were exiles in the villa for several years. He lived there until his death where upon he bequeathed it to Harvard University.
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Biblioteca Berenson, Villa I Tatti Bernard and Mary Berenson Papers, 1880-2002 (bulk 1880-1959) see details...
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Duveen Brothers Records, 1876-1981, bulk 1909-1964 see details...
The Getty Research Institute Ethel Le Vane Correspondence with Bernard Berenson, 1952-1960. see details...
Houghton Library Sylvia Saunders Sprigge papers, circa 1947-1959. see details...
Houghton Library Letters to Margaret Scolari Barr, 1936-1966. see details...
Houghton Library Berenson Family Papers, 1894-1941. see details...
Archives of American Art René Gimpel papers, 1897-1957. see details...
Library of Congress Papers of David E. Finley, 1921-1977.
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Archives of American Art Isabella Stewart Gardner letters to Bernard Berenson, 1887-1924. see details...
Houghton Library Additional correspondence, 1950-1953. see details...
The Getty Research Institute Bernard Berenson letters: to Rene Gimpel, 1909-1931. see details...
Archives of American Art August Jaccaci papers, 1889-1935 (bulk 1904-1914). see details...
Biblioteca Berenson, Villa I Tatti Berenson Archive, ca. 1890-present see details...
Biblioteca Berenson, Villa I Tatti The Fototeca Berenson (Villa I Tatti Photo Archives) see details...
Indiana University Hannah Whitall Smith Papers, 1817-1987. see details...
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Robert Lehman papers, ca. 1880s-1977 see details...

see also:
Berenson, Mary, 1864-1945