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  • Collection: Contini-Volterra Photographic Archive

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Before the age of internet auctions, art collectors relied on print catalogs from major auction houses to discover new works for their collections or galleries. This Christie’s catalog from 1931 provides illustrations of works to be auctioned…

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In 1969, History of Art Professor Hamilton Hazelhurst was contacted by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation about the availability of an extensive photograph collection of European art objects spanning nine centuries. In October 1969, the Contini-Volterra…

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Count Contini-Bonacossi’s nephew and namesake – Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi – was an art historian employed by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. He assisted his uncle in assembling and organizing the massive photograph collection – over…

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In the early 1930s, Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi began assembling a massive photograph collection of European art to guide him in building his growing art collection. A series of art historians helped organize the photograph collection,…

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This index of paintings by Watteau represents one of the few handwritten documents in the Contini-Volterra Photographic Archive. It was likely written by one of the various scholars who worked on building the collection and would have served as…

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This 1961 Sotheby’s auction catalog describes the sale of Ruben’s 1603 painting, “Portrait of the Duke of Lerma on Horseback.” It is a fine example of an auction catalog, featuring color photographs of the original painting and black and…

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In this 1948 letter, art critic and historian Wilhelm Reinhold Valentiner describes a painting depicted in one of the Contini photographs and attributes the work to Rembrandt van Rijn. This kind of correspondence was valuable to scholars as they grew…

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This image is one of the select catalog clippings from the Contini-Volterra Photographic Archive that is in color, as opposed to black and white. The clipping depicts a 14th century Italian altarpiece with the Madonna and Christ child enthroned in…

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Attributed to Domenico Anderson, this black and white photograph is representative of much of the Contini-Volterra Photographic Archive. The work depicts a religious scene with Saint Jerome shown in penance kneeling before a crucifixion-- a common…

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This photograph, attributed to Cav. P. Fiorentini, is one of the many detail images from the Contini-Volterra Photographic Archive. The work is an excerpt shot of Saint Jerome from Titian’s Saint Jerome in the Desert which hangs in the Pinacotecca…
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