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Finding aid for the John Gere research papers and photographs regarding Italian Old Master drawings, 1960-1990
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John Gere research papers and photographs regarding Italian Old Master drawings
    Date (inclusive): 1960-1990
    Number: 950082
    Creator/Collector: Gere, John A.
    Physical Description: 9.0 linear feet (12 boxes)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: Papers and photographs document Gere's research on Italian old master drawings, especially Raphael and his circle, and Taddeo and Federico Zuccaro.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biographical/Historical Note

    John Arthur Giles Gere (1921-1995) was a British art historian and connoisseur of Italian sixteenth-century drawings. Educated at Winchester and Balliol, he became Assistant Keeper in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum in 1946, and served as Keeper from 1973 to 1981.
    He complied, with Philip Pouncey, two important catalogs of drawings: Drawings by Raphael, published in 1962, and Artists working in Rome ca. 1550-ca. 1640.
    Gere wrote a series of articles on Taddeo Zuccaro in the Burlington Magazine, leading to catalogs, exhibitions, and his monograph, Taddeo Zuccaro: His development studied in his drawings (1969). [See Nicholas Penny's obituary, Burlington Magazine, vol. 137, No. 1106 May 1995, pp. 319-321.]

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    John Gere research papers and photographs relating to Italian old master drawings, 1960-1990, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 950082.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired from the Gere family in 1995. Additional material about Taddeo Zuccaro (1 linear ft.) was received in 1996.

    Processing History

    Processed by Teresa Morales.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Papers and photographs document Gere's research on Italian drawings, especially those of Raphael and his circle, and Taddeo Zuccaro.
    Files contain published and unpublished lectures, including a series on Raphael and his circle given at Cambridge; notes and drafts for articles; 33 notebooks detailing research on Italian drawings in various print rooms; 4 folders of correspondence, especially concerning Gere's monograph on the drawings of Taddeo Zuccaro and related letters from Walter Vitzthum; and ca. 3,100 annotated photographs of Italian old master drawings, one-half of which are of drawings and paintings by Taddeo and Federico Zuccaro.

    Arrangement note

    Arranged in 4 series: Series I. Lectures, 1962-1964; Series II. Travel notebooks, undated; Series III. Correspondence and writings, 1959-1989; Series IV. Photographs, undated

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Zuccaro, Federico, ca. 1540-1609
    Zuccaro, Taddeo, 1529-1566

    Subjects - Topics

    Drawing, Italian-16th century

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Black-and-white negatives
    Color negatives
    Color transparencies
    Photographic prints
    Photographs, Original


    Vitzthum, Walter