Ralph Lieberman Archive (Harvard University)

Overview

Harvard University is collaborating with ARTstor to digitize and distribute approximately 3,500 images of Renaissance and Baroque architecture and sculpture created by Ralph Lieberman. A majority of the images document architecture and sculpture in Italy, but the collection will also include sites in other European countries, such as Germany and Spain. The images have been selected from the Ralph Lieberman Photograph Collection, which is housed at the Harvard Fine Arts Library and consists of over 10,000 black–and–white prints and negatives. ARTstor is also sponsoring new photography by Lieberman, including campaigns to document the architecture and public art of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and museum architecture in the United States.

A majority of the images document architecture and sculpture in Italy, but the collection will also include sites in other European countries, such as Germany and Spain.


Ralph Lieberman is an art historian and photographer. He has taught at various institutions, including Williams College, Harvard University, and the Rhode Island School of Design. Lieberman began photographing buildings while completing his Ph.D. at the Institute of Fine Arts. He supplied photographs for his own publications, chief among them Renaissance Architecture in Venice, 1450–1540 (Abbeville Press, 1982) and The Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli in Venice (Garland, 1986). Lieberman has also provided illustrations for other scholars' work, most notably Claudia Lazzaro's The Italian Renaissance Garden (Yale University Press, 1990); Leon Satkowski's Giorgio Vasari: Architect and Courtier (Princeton University Press, 1993); and Eugene J. Johnson and Michael J. Lewis's Drawn from the Source: The Travel Sketches of Louis I. Kahn (MIT Press, 1996). In addition to the collection at Harvard University, Lieberman's photographs may be found in art historical study collections such as those at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Frick Art Reference Library.

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Collection information

Total size of collection* 3,500
Percentage of completion 0%

* Image totals should be regarded as an approximation until a given collection is 100% complete. Users should also bear in mind that the number of images available to them may vary from country to country, reflecting ARTstor’s approach to addressing an international copyright landscape that itself varies from country to country.

Last updated: June 19, 2008

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