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Erwin Panofsky letters, 1930-1960

Panofsky, Erwin, 1892-1968

Art historian


Collection Information

Size: 8 Items, (microfilmed on one reel)

Summary: Letters from Erwin Panofsky to art historians Wolfgang Stechow (1930-1931) and Lili Fröhlich-Bum (1931); and to art librarian at the Brooklyn Museum, William B. Walker (1960). The letters to Stechow were written as Stechow was preparing a review of Panofsky's book, Hercules am Scheidewege und andere anitike Bildstoffe inder neueren Kunst, and provide additional information not found in the book itself.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art historian; Princeton, New Jersey.


Donated 1994 by Irving Lavin who found the letters in William Stechow's copy of Hercules am Scheidewege which he received from Stechow's widow.

Language Note

All but one of the letters are in German.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in the possession of Irving Lavin, Princeton, N.J.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 5136 (frames 812-824) available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

All photocopies.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Erwin Panofsky letters, 1930-1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.