Research papers of Julius Samuel Held,
American art historian renowned for his scholarship in 16th- and 17th-century Dutch and
Flemish art, expert on Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, and Rembrandt. The ca. 70 linear
feet of material, dating from the mid-1920s to 1999, includes correspondence, research
material for Held's writings and his teaching and lecturing activities, with extensive
travel notes. Well documented is Held's advisory role in building the collection of the
Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico. A significant portion of the ca. 29 linear feet of
study photographs documents Flemish and Dutch artists from the 15th to the 17th
The art historian Julius Samuel Held is considered one of the foremost authorities on the
works of Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, and Rembrandt. His advice was sought by other
art history scholars, private collectors, dealers, museums, and auction houses in the United
States and abroad. For many years his opinion was the final word in matters of attribution
of artworks in his field of expertise.
(ca. 70 lin. ft.)
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