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Heinrich Geissler papers.

Geissler, Heinrich, creator.

Available at Special Collections  SPECIAL COLLECTIONS - CONTACT REFERENCE  (2001.M.9 )()

  • Title:
    Heinrich Geissler papers.
  • Author/Creator: Geissler, Heinrich, creator.
  • Creation Date: 1857-1996, bulk 1960-1990
  • Biographical/Historical Note: Heinrich Geissler (1927-1990) was a German art historian and chief curator of prints and drawings at Staatsgalerie Stuttgart who contributed significantly to the study and attribution of sixteenth- and seventeenth- century drawing in the German-speaking regions of Central Europe, also known as the Holy Roman Empire.
  • Physical Desc.: 75 boxes (29.24 linear feet).
  • Summary: The archive contains a wealth of research material leading to Geissler's groundbreaking catalog of the exhibition Zeichnung in Deutschland deutsche Zeichner 1540-1640, which was held in 1979-1980 at Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, as well as unpublished research material that he continued to compile for ten more years after the exhibition and the publication of the catalog. While the catalog is now considered a handbook for scholars of late Renaissance and early Baroque German drawing, it only represents a fraction of the images present in this archive. There is a wealth of study photographs, notes, and printed matter, card catalogs, Geissler's correspondence as curator of prints and drawings at Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, and his collection of annotated offprints of articles from periodicals and other publications. The photographic files are enriched by materials that are interfiled with the photographs, including Geissler's notes; clippings from auction catalogs and art journals; offprints; and correspondence with scholars, dealers, and collectors. Part of his archive forms research material Geissler inherited from another German scholar, Friedrich Thöne. Present is Thöne's correspondence, contact sheets reproducing drawings and other artworks from Thöne's photographic archive, and Thöne's unpublished manuscript "Die deutsche Meisterzeichung."
    Series I. Artists files. The series comprises a wealth of material on artists active in the German speaking parts of Europe from the mid-16th to the mid-17th century. The files vary in extent but most include numerous study photographs, annotated printed matter, and notes. The photographs are frequently extensively annotated by Geissler on verso and bear stamps or labels of various repositories. Often inserted are letters to Geissler from art historians and art collectors as well as carbon copies of letters sent by Geissler. Arranged from North to South, the files document artwork by artists active in Northern Germany, East and West Prussia, Westphalia, the Rhine regions, Hesse, Swabia, Saxony, Palatinate, Bavaria, Austria, Switzerland, and Silesia. Some files document artists active in particular cities, including Augsburg, Cologne, Dresden, Ingolstadt, Munich, Nuremberg, Prague, Strassbourg, Stuttgart, and Wolfenbüttel. The most extensive files are on artists active in Nuremberg, Augsburg, and Prague. The majority of the artists are from German speaking regions, but also included are artists from the Netherlands and Italy who travelled to Austria, Germany, or Switzerland. Especially extensive is research material on Hans Bocksberger the Elder and other members of the Bocksberger family, Johann Matthias Kager, Hans Krumpper, Hans (Johannes) Rottenhammer the Elder and his sons, and Lambert and Friedrich Sustris.
    Series II. Other files. There are seven topical groups and two files of unsorted photographs and other research papers. The topical groups include photographs, notes and various papers on paintings of Italian and Spanish origin; the Fryszmann collection; and the Welt im Umbruch and Prag um 1600 exhibitions. Also included here are photographs of artworks Geissler considered wrongly attributed or could not identify.
    Series III. Card indexes. Geissler maintained his own card indexes of drawings in museums and private collections and a card index of artists. These meticulously organized indexes are cross-referenced and refer to thousands of drawings, many more that are documented in the first series. A separate group Geissler originally filed here are his notes, letters received, and transcripts of sixteenth-century documents related to his research on the court painter Christoph Schwarz.
    Series IV. Correspondence. Included is Geissler's professional correspondence as curator of prints and drawings at Staatsgalerie Stuttgart; correspondence concerning the exhibition Zeichnung in Deutschland deutsche Zeichner 1540-1640; and correspondence concerning the archive of the German art historian Friedrich Thöne. There are letters received and reciprocal correspondence with art historians, private collectors, and staff at art museums and other institutions holding collections of prints and drawings, including well known experts on medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art such as as Günter Bandmann, Kurt Bauch, Jan Białostocki, Bruno Bushart, Luitpold Dussler, Julius S. Held, Werner Haftmann, Egbert Haverkamp Begemann, Justus Müller Hofstede, Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Dieter Koepplin, Klaus Lankheit, Konrad Oberhuber, Konrad Renger, Marcel Roethlisberger, Werner Schade, Hana Seifertová, and Horst Vey. Present is correspondence with the well known collectors and art experts Jacques Fryszman, Fritz Lugt and I.Q. van Regteren Altena. Extensive is Geissler's correspondence with Werner Schade. Included with this series are annotated offprints, a manuscript by Eliška Fučiková, and Thöne's unpublished manuscript Die deutsche Meisterzeichnung.
    Series V. Offprints and manuscripts. This series consists predominantly of offprints from scholarly art magazines, but complete issues of some periodicals and a few small monographic publications are also present. Some of the articles are annotated by Geissler and some bear dedications from the authors to Geissler. Occasionally inserted are letters Geissler received from the authors, and his notes.
  • Language: German
  • Cumulative Index/Finding Aid: Preliminary inventory available in the repository; box level control.
  • Other Archival Locations: Dr. Geissler Korrespondenz; Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Graphische Sammlung.
    Friedrich Thöne research papers; Also located at: The Getty Research Library, Special Collections.
  • Form/Genre: Gelatin silver prints
    Black-and-white photographs
    Color photographs
    Color transparencies
    Contact sheets
    Photographs, Original
  • Subjects: Geissler, Heinrich -- Correspondence Thöne, Friedrich -- Correspondence Schade, Werner -- Correspondence Bocksberger, Hans, active 16th century Kager, Johann Matthias, 1575?-1634 Krumpper, Hans, approximately 1570-1634 Rottenhammer, Hans, 1564-1625 Schwarz, Christoph, approximately 1548-1592 Sustris, Lambert, approximately 1515-approximately 1568 Sustris, Friedrich, approximately 1540-1599 Art historians -- Germany -- Correspondence Drawing, Renaissance -- Holy Roman Empire Drawing, Baroque -- Holy Roman Empire Drawing -- 16th century -- Expertising Drawing -- 17th century -- Expertising Drawing, German Artists -- Holy Roman Empire
  • Contributors: Thöne, Friedrich, contributor. Thöne, Friedric. Schade, Werner, contributor.
  • ID/Accession Number: 1573-577
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
  • OCLC Record Number: 80568856
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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