Berenson Library

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The Berenson Library plays a vital role in I Tatti’s mission to advance scholarship in Italian Renaissance studies. Its rich collections of books and periodicals, photographs and digital images, manuscripts and recordings offer comprehensive interdisciplinary resources for the study of late medieval and early modern Italy, the library's central focus. They include coverage of related fields such as classical and medieval studies, cultures around the Mediterranean, and Renaissance Europe and beyond. The library's archival collections of documents and images open unique windows onto the lives of the Berensons and other individuals or the activities of institutions, as well as many other aspects of twentieth-century culture, art criticism, and collecting. As one of the over seventy libraries that make up the Harvard Library system, the Biblioteca Berenson also provides access to a vast range of online journals and other electronic resources. An invaluable point of reference for I Tatti's scholarly community, the library welcomes other Harvard affiliates, local researchers, and visiting scholars from around the world.

Library news

Longing for India

Longing for India

October 17, 2014

The library's current display features evocative vintage photographs of monuments in south Asia from Berenson's photo collection, marking their purchase a century ago. See the accompanying entry in the "Highlights from the Collections" column.  

Highlights from the collections

Longing for India: Images from Berenson's Photo Collection

Bernard Berenson’s photograph archive is justly celebrated as an outstanding resource for the study of Italian Renaissance painting. The collection, however, also includes other lesser-known sections of great fascination that illustrate the wide-ranging interests of the Berensons regarding other cultures, not only around the Mediterranean but also in Asia.