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Foto arte minore: Max Hutzel photographs of art and architecture in Italy, 1960-1990

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Hutzel (Max) Photographs of Art and Architecture in Italy

Scope and Content of Collection

Max Hutzel's "Foto arte minore" project comprises thorough photographic documentation of art historical development in Italy up to the 18th century, including objects of the Etruscans and the Romans, as well as early Medieval, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque monuments. Consonant with Hutzel's belief that throughout Italy there are minor artistic centers that deserve attention, sites depicted are frequently obscure and previously undocumented. Hutzel's work is typified by a feeling for place that goes beyond the purely documentary. The collection contains more than 67,000 black-and-white prints and approximately 86,400 black-and-white negatives. Because Hutzel carefully cropped his images for printing, the prints more accurately represent his style than the negatives.

Included is thorough interior and exterior documentation of secular buildings, museum holdings, ancient ruins, and religious institutions covering a broad range of artistic forms and styles, including architecture, painting, frescoes, sculpture, manuscripts, metalwork and other minor arts, ranging in date from Antiquity to late Baroque. The regions most heavily represented are: the Abruzzi, Lazio (including Rome), the Marches, and Umbria. Additional photos cover sites in: Basilicata, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Guilia, Lombardy, Piedmont, Puglia, Sardinia, Tuscany, and Veneto.

Also included are circa 825 photographs of medieval buildings and art in Campania, in the ancient region called "Campi Flegrei," made in 1990 by Roberto Sigismondi, Hutzel's long-time assistant (some 800 additional images from this campaign have been removed and interfiled in the Antiquities section of the Getty Research Institute's Photo Archive). Missing from this collection are many Hutzel photographs that were separated in the 1980s and 1990s and integrated into the core collections of the Photo Archive.

Photographs are generally accompanied by typed lists that include the names of the sites and often additional information such as narrative descriptions, church dedications, locations of photographed details, label information for museum objects, and information provided to Hutzel by local inhabitants. Hutzel frequently added his own personal commentary regarding the condition of many sites.

The photographic prints and accompanying lists have been digitized and the images are available online. Click here to view all digital images or see the container list for links to images of specific subjects.


Arranged into 17 series: Series I. Abruzzo; Series II. Basilicata; Series III. Campania; Series IV. Emilia-Romagna; Series V. Friuli-Venezia Giulia; Series VI. Lazio; Series VII. Lombardia; Series VIII. Marches; Series IX. Molise; Series X. Piedmont; Series XI. Puglia; Series XII. Republic of San Marino; Series XIII. Sardinia; Series XIV. Tuscany; Series XV. Umbria; Series XVI. Veneto; Series XVII. Negatives.

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