Craig Hugh Smyth

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Craig Hugh Smyth
BornJuly 28, 1915
New York, NY
DiedDecember 22, 2006
Englewood, NJ
OccupationRenaissance art historian

Craig Hugh Smyth (1915–2006) was an American art historian who studied Renaissance art, with a special emphasis on the artist Bronzino.[1] During World War II, he established the Allied Munich Central Collecting Point for Nazi-looted art, as part of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program.[2]


Smyth attended Princeton University, where he earned his BA (1938), MFA (1941), and PhD (1956), all in art history.[3] He joined the naval reserve during World War II, and soon became part of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives division. As an MFAA officer, in 1945 he established the Allied collecting point in Munich. After the war, he led the first academic program in conservation in the United States at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts (1950-1973). He was also the director of Harvard University's Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti in Florence (1973-1985).[4] He was a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1978) and the American Philosophical Society (1979).[5][6]

Works and publications[edit]

  • Renaissance Studies in Honor of Craig Hugh Smyth. Florence: Giunti Barbèra, 1985
  • Bronzino Studies (with a Book of) Illustrations. Princeton University, 1956 (dissertation)
  • Mannerism and Maniera. Locust Valley, NY: J. J. Augustin, 1963
  • Lukehart, Peter M. The Early Years of Art History in the United States: Notes and Essays on Departments, Teaching, and Scholars. Princeton, NJ: Dept. of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University, 1993 *Bronzino as Draughtsman; an Introduction. Locust Valley, NY: J. J. Augustin 1971
  • Garfagnini, Gian Carlo. Florence and Milan: Comparisons and Relations: Acts of Two Conferences at Villa I Tatti in 1982-1984. 2 vols. Florence: La Nuova Italia editrice, 1989;
  • Repatriation of Art from the Collecting Point in Munich after World War II. The Hague: Gary Schwartz/SDU, 1988;
  • Millon, Henry A. Michelangelo architetto: la facciata di San Lorenzo e la cupola di San Pietro. Milan: Olivetti, 1988, (English: Michelangelo Architect: the Facade of San Lorenzo and the Drum and Dome of St. Peter's. Milan: Olivetti, 1988)

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Cropper, Elizabeth (2009), "CRAIG HUGH SMYTH" (PDF), Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, 153 (4), archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-30, retrieved 2013-12-03
  2. ^ "ESTABLISHMENT OF THE MUNICH COLLECTING POINT". 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  3. ^ Sorensen, Lee (2000), "Smyth, Craig Hugh", Dictionary of Art Historians, archived from the original on 2016-03-23, retrieved 2013-12-03
  4. ^ Heydarpour, Roja (1 January 2007). "Craig Hugh Smyth, 91, Dies; Renaissance Art Historian". The New York Times. p. 7. Archived from the original on May 26, 2023.
  5. ^ "Craig Hugh Smyth". American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on June 27, 2022. Retrieved 2022-06-27.
  6. ^ "APS Member History". American Philosophical Society. Archived from the original on June 27, 2022. Retrieved 2022-06-27.

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