Art historian, critic, lecturer, and professor. The papers consist of research notes, correspondence relating to Steinberg's
lectures and essays, papers written by his students, several versions of some of his essays, an abandoned dissertation project,
and many of his notebooks from courses he took at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York. The archive reflects Steinberg's career
as an art critic, lecturer, and teacher, ca. 1945-ca.1996.
Leo Steinberg, art historian, critic, lecturer and professor, was born in Russia in 1920 and lived in Berlin and London before
emigrating to the United States in 1938. After studying at the Slade School of Art in London, he entered the Institute of
Fine Arts at New York University in the mid-1950s (Ph.D., 1960), where he studied art and architecture with historians Harry
Bober, Richard Krautheimer, Karl Lehmann, Wolfgang Lotz, Erwin Panofsky, Alfred Salmony and Charles Sterling. In 1958 and
1959 he was a guest of the American Academy in Rome, where he researched and wrote his dissertation on the baroque architect
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