Kurt Weitzmann, Sailing with Byzantium from Europe to America

Hardbound, 615 p., 50 private photos, Index of 900 persons, bibliography.
ISBN 978-3-925801-17-4

Kurt Weitzmann was born in Kleinalmerode, near Kassel, in 1904. He read archaeology and art history at the universities of Würzburg, Vienna and Berlin. In Berlin he belonged to the circle of students of Adolf Goldschmidt, the renown art historian. In 1931 he began travelling in most parts of Europe, including the monasteries of Mount Athos and Russia, in search of Byzantine manuscripts. In 1935 he became a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, USA, and shortly thereafter professor in the Art Department of Princeton University. Later he was joined by his wife, Dr. Josepha Weitzmann-Fiedler, an art historian, also a student of Goldschmidt, and remained at Princeton until the end of his life. Between 1956 and 1965 he travelled to Mount Sinai five times in order to photograph and study the art treasures of the monastery of St. Catherine. His lifetime work has established him as one of the foremost byzantinists of our time. He died in Princeton in 1993. In this book Weitzmann's experiences with scholars and monks in Berlin, Russia, Greece (Mount Athos, Patmos, Meteora) and Sinai are some of the highlights of a chronicle of a bygone era.

In seinen Memoiren schildert Kurt Weitzmann Begegnungen mit Gelehrten und Künstlern, angefangen von seinen Studienzeiten in Berlin und Wien bis zu seiner Forschungs- und Lehrtätigkeit in Princeton. Eingehend erzählt er auch von seinen Athos- und Sinai-Expeditionen.
Interessante Einblicke eines Insiders ergeben sich von außen auf die deutschen Kunsthistorikergenerationen der Nachkriegszeit, von denen viele entweder seine Studienfreunde oder auch seine Schüler waren.

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