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Luigi Salerno research papers, 1948-1996

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Finding aid for the Luigi Salerno research papers, 1948-1996
Series III. Research files, 1950-1992, undated 11.6 linear feet (26 boxes)
Series III.C. Still-life painting, 1956-1990, bulk 1980-1990, undated
In 1984, Ugo Bozzi Editore published Salerno's work La natura morta italiana. The publication of this monograph resulted in a surge of correspondence with accompanying photographs, requesting attribution advice. The influx of new information on the subject prompted Salerno to write a second volume Nuovi studi su la natura morta italiana, which appeared in 1989.
In the course of researching these volumes Salerno amassed a huge number of images of still-life paintings or natura morta. The subseries primarily consists of black-and-white photographs, but also includes photomechanical reproductions of paintings affixed to large sheets of cardstock, possibly gleaned from auction catalogs. Frequently the cardstock is labeled and organized by the artist's last name. Other photographic images in the subseries do not appear to be in a particular order. Many, but not all, of the artists represented are those featured in Salerno's 1984 work. Additional images of still life painters may be found in the photograph series, organized by artist name.
Papers include notes on particular artists, extracts, an exhibition catalog and correspondence from individuals and institutions seeking Salerno's aid in attributing paintings or congratulating him on his publications. Some of the correspondence is not related to still-life painting and appears to have been filed with this material because it was received by Salerno during the time period when he was active in this research area.
Papers and images
Box Folder
9 7-12 Papers
Box Folder
56 16 Color photographs, negatives and transparencies
Box Folder
9 13 Nuovi studi su la natura morta italiana - Review
Includes several drafts of a letter from Salerno to author Alessandro Morandotti of the Giornale dell'Arte, for errors published in a September 1990 review of the volume.
Images
Box
9-11 Black-and-white photographs
Box
56-57 Color photographs, negatives and transparencies
Box Folder
11 6 Arcimboldi, Giuseppe and followers
Bocchi, Ulisse
Contains images of still life paintings sent by Bocchi to Salerno. See also Series I. Correspondence, Bocchi, Ulisse file.
Box Folder
11 7 Black-and-white photographs
Box Folder
57 8 Color photographs
Box Folder
11 8 Muratori, Alfredo
Contains images of still life paintings sent by Muratori to Salerno.


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