Group of photographic albums from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries collected by Paul and Gabriele Geier and bequeathed by the latter to Villa I Tatti.


Collection of photographic albums from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries, loose albumen prints, stereoscopic pictures, and two stereoscopic viewers from Giorgio Voli and his wife Elizabeth MacGillvray's, bequeathed by the latter to Harvard University.

Di Giampaolo

Study collection of the art historian Mario Di Giampaolo (1941-2008), with some 11,000 photographs, clippings and photocopies representing mostly Italian drawings.


Collection of 1300 glass plates negatives and their related prints, documenting the work of Giannino Marchig (1897-1983), especially as a conservator, and showing paintings and sculptures in various stages of conservation. This archive came to Villa I Tatti through Fiorella Gioffredi Superbi, daughter of Geremia Gioffredi, Berenson’s estate manager, to whom Marchig entrusted his archive before leaving Italy for Switzerland. For a description of this collection click here.


Photographs collected by the architectural historian and critic Roberto Papini (1883-1957), close friend of Berenson. This photographic material is part of the Roberto and Livia Papini Papers and is focused mainly on Italian art of the 20th century.


If you are interested in the history of photography, the most common photographic and photomechanical processes represented in the Fototeca are:

  • carbon print
  • gelatin silver process
  • albumen process
  • platinum print
  • aristotype
  • collodion processes
  • collotype
  • photogravure
  • rotogravure

 Photographic papers represented are:

  • Kodak resin-coated paper
  • Kodak paper
  • Kodak Velox paper
  • Agfa paper
  • Agfa-Lupex paper
  • Agfa-Brovira paper
  • Agfa Portriga Read more about Photographs

Materials and techniques

Common materials and techniques search terms for works of art:

  • oil
  • canvas
  • fresco
  • panel
  • detached
  • transferred
  • gold

Artist signatures

The presence of  a signature is indicated in the attribution note and/or the inscription note of the work record. If there is a note on the photograph or the work is listed in one of Berenson’s lists as signed, Artist’s signature is recorded in the attribution note as a source. Otherwise, the signature or other inscription is reported in the inscription note of the work record. Search for the terms inscribed and artist’s signature with the Anywhere dropdown menu.