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Thompson, Daniel V. (Daniel Varney), 1902-1980  Search this
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Berenson, Bernard  Search this
Forbes, Edward Waldo  Search this
Ivins, William Mills  Search this
Meeks, Everett  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Courtauld Institute of Art  Search this
Harvard University  Search this
Yale University  Search this
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
Sound recordings
China -- description and travel
India -- description and travel
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Physical Description:
46 Pages, Transcript
General Note:
Originally recorded on 4 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 7 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 55 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
An interview of Daniel Varney Thompson conducted 1974 September 25-1976 November 2, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Thompson speaks of authenticating a painting by Leonardo Da Vinci; teaching at Harvard University with Edward Waldo Forbes; his 1923-1925 expedition to India and China with Langdon Warner and Fogg Art Museum personnel to study cave paintings; setting up the art history department at Yale with Everett Meeks and teaching tempera painting; his studies in Europe and work at the Courtauld Institute in London; and translating manuscripts dealing with medieval painting techniques and media. He recalls Bernard Berenson and William Mills Ivins.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Daniel Varney Thompson, 1974 September 25-1976 November 2. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript available online.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Biography Note:
Daniel V. Thompson (1902-1980) was an art historian, conservator, professor, and chemist engineer. Thompson studied techniques of medieval and Renaissance painting. He was a professor at the Courtald Institute, London, 1938-1947.
Language Note:
English .
This interview is part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Painting -- Technique  Search this
Art -- History -- Study and teaching  Search this
Cave paintings  Search this
Painting, Medieval -- Study and teaching  Search this
Painting, Medieval -- Technique  Search this
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Archives of American Art