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Art Study Center Seminar: Bernard Berenson’s Persian Paintings from Villa I Tatti

Timurid Prince Baysunghur Hunting, from a manuscript of Anthology of Persian Treatises, 1427. Ink, colors, and gold on paper.
Loan from Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

This event is at capacity.

Bernard Berenson (1865–1959), the American art historian and connoisseur of Italian Renaissance painting, had an interest in collecting Islamic art in the early 20th century. This summer, the Harvard Art Museums will present an exhibition of his little-known Persian paintings, which are on loan from Villa I Tatti, Berenson’s former home in Florence and site of the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. Join exhibition curator Ayşin Yoltar-Yıldırım, assistant curator for Islamic and Later Indian art; Penley Knipe, the Philip and Lynn Straus Senior Conservator of Works of Art on Paper; and Katherine Eremin, the Patricia Cornwell Senior Conservation Scientist, for a seminar that will look closely at some of these exquisite and rarely seen objects while highlighting new studies being undertaken by art historians and conservators.

The seminar will take place in the Art Study Center, Level 4.

Free admission, but capacity is limited to 15 and registration is recommended. To register, please email
Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the program to allow sufficient time to sign in at the Art Study Center reception desk. Note that there is a wait list for this program; spots unclaimed by 11am will be released to those on the wait list. Please be prepared to present a photo ID.
Lockers are available on the Lower Level, Level 1, and Level 4 to check bags, coats, umbrellas, and any food or drink.