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André Grabar Papers

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Dumbarton Oaks Archives, Washington, D.C.


Repository: Dumbarton Oaks Archives, Washington, D.C.

Call Number: Byzantine Studies/André Grabar Papers

Location: Archives 058, Byzantine Studies Vertical Files

Name of Creator(s): André Grabar

Title:  André Grabar Papers

Inclusive Date:  1952, 1991

Language(s):  English

Quantity: 1 series housed in 1 folder



Acquisition Information: These papers came to the Dumbarton Oaks Archives in 1999.

Processing Information: These papers were inventories by James N. Carder in 1999 and processed by Mary Ferranti in 2013.

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Preferred Citation: André Grabar Papers, Dumbarton Oaks Archives. Courtesy of Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C.



André Grabar (1896–1990) was a Ukrainian-born medieval and Byzantine art historian who spent much of his career in France and the United States. Grabar is known as one of the pioneers of the study of Byzantine art in the twentieth century. He studied in Kiev, St. Petersburg, and Odessa before leaving Russia for Sofia, Bulgaria (1919–1922) and then Strasbourg, where he received his doctorate in 1928 and taught art history until 1937. Grabar was professor of Byzantine archaeology at the École Pratique des Hautes Études and at the Collège de France. In 1947, he was appointed a Visiting Scholar in the spring term at Dumbarton Oaks. Subsequently, he was Henri Focillon Scholar (1948–1949), Professor of Byzantine Art and Archaeology (1949–1954), and Visiting Scholar (spring term 1958 and 1959–1960). He was an Honorary Associate of Byzantine Studies between 1965 and 1980. In 1961, Grabar gave the A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. He died in Paris on October 3, 1990.



The André Grabar Papers contain a 1952 research proposal typescript, a copies of two obituaries.



Series 1: André Grabar Papers and Miscellaneous

Research proposal (9 typescript pages) written to Dumbarton Oaks concerning the spread of Byzantine art in the West (1952).


Photocopy:  Maguire, Henry.  “André Grabar, 1896–1990,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 45 (Washington, D.C., 1991): xii–xv.

Copy: Gilbert Dagron, “André Grabar, 26 juillet 1896 – 3 octobre 1990,” Collège de France.