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COLLECTION Identifier: MS.BZ.002

Hans Belting research papers and photographs

Scope and Contents

The majority of this collection consists of photographs of Palaeologan manuscript illumination, which were published by Hans Belting. It also consists of research notes, correspondence, and photographs of other Late Byzantine manuscripts. A majority of the notes and correspondence are in German. Collection includes an Addendum, which contains a project report outline, “Byzantine Icon and the West,” 1985-1987.


  • circa 1960s-1980s

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Conditions Governing Access

An appointment is required to consult the collection. Please submit appointment requests here: For research queries, contact the staff of Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (

Conditions Governing Use

Photographs are for research and study purposes only.


3 boxes

Biographical Note

A German art historian and a theorist of medieval and Renaissance art. He was a Visiting Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks in 1959-1960, 1960-1961, 1969-1970, and 1972-1973, as well as a Senior Fellow in 1984-1985. Belting also received a Dumbarton Oaks project grant to research pre-14th century Byzantine icons and inspect icons in Greece and Italy between 1985 and 1987.


This collection consists of two series. Series I represents more extensive research by Hans Belting, including significant documentation accompanied by photographs of particular manuscripts. Series 2 is a less processed collection of photographs with occasional notes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The department first received materials in this collection in 2002 from Hans Belting.

Related Materials

Oral History Interview Transcript, Dumbarton Oaks Archives, May 8, 2008.

  • Hans Belting, “Byzantine Art among Greeks and Latins in Southern Italy, Dumbarton Oaks Papers 28 (1974): 1-29.
  • Hans Belting, “An Image and Its Function in the Liturgy: The Man of Sorrows in Byzantium,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 34/35 (1980/1981): 1-16.
  • Hugo Buchthal and Hans Belting, Patronage in Thirteenth-Century Constantinople: An Atelier of Late Byzantine Book Illumination and Calligraphy, Dumbarton Oaks Studies 16 (Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies, 1978).

Processing Information

The collection was processed by former ICFA staff members (date unknown). The finding aid was revised by Rona Razon in October 2010.
Link to catalog
Belting, Hans. Hans Belting research papers and photographs, circa 1960s-1980s: Finding Aid
Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives
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Repository Details

Part of the Dumbarton Oaks Repository

With more than a million unique and historical items, archival collections in ICFA represent the three areas of study supported by Dumbarton Oaks: Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape. Collections are generally comprised of administrative records, fieldwork papers, photographic prints, negatives, slides, oversize drawings, and moving images. Appointments are available Monday to Friday from 9:30am-12pm and 1-4:40pm (excpet Federal Holidays).

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