The papers document John Pope-Hennessy's professional activities as a historian of Italian Renaissance art, museum director,
curator, and teacher. The archive contains museum files, correspondence, study photographs, and manuscripts of his scholarly
work. Also included are papers from his family, namely his parents, Ladislas and Una Pope-Hennessy and his brother, James
Pope-Hennessy. The family papers include letters, clippings, and manuscripts of published and unpublished works.
Sir John Wyndham Pope-Hennessy (1913-1994) was a British art historian, museum director, curator, and an expert on Italian
Renaissance sculpture and painting. He served as director of both the Victoria and Albert Museum (1967-1973) and the British
Museum (1974-1976). In 1977, he became Chairman of the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
and professor of art history at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. Sienese Quattrocento painting was Pope-Hennessy's
first field of research and was marked by his monograph on the painter Giovanni di Paolo. However, his greatest contribution
to the history of art is perhaps his research and writing on Italian sculpture, which profited from his decades-long work
with the rich sculpture collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. His three-volume
Introduction to Italian Sculpture has remained an important reference work and was followed by studies on Donatello, bronze statuettes, and Italian plaquettes.
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