26.85 lin. ft (61 boxes, 1 flatfile).
The collection consists of research notes, an extensive photograph archive and correspondence, which document the career and research interests of Italian art historian Luigi Salerno.
The papers detail Salerno's numerous contributions to the history of 17th and 18th century art in Italy, including his early investigations of Giovanni Lanfranco and Giulio Mancini, his ongoing scholarly work on Salvator Rosa and Filippo Napoletano, his involvement in the rediscovery of two Caravaggio paintings in the early 1970s, groundbreaking work on Guercino's paintings and drawings, as well as, extensive research on still life, landscape and view painters active in Rome. Salerno's role in the preservation of Italian cultural heritage is also evident from his work for the Soprintendenza ai monumenti del Lazio, photographically chronicled in this collection. The papers demonstrate the assiduous and determined nature of Salerno's scholarship, his friendly demeanor with colleagues, his courtesy with collectors and his prolific authorial and editorial activity. The collection is comprised of four sections: research files on projects including major artists, publications and exhibitions, containing images, notes and offprints; correspondence, including that with friend and colleague Denis Mahon; expert opinions; and a voluminous photo archive consisting of about 3,500 photographs representing hundreds of artists, primarily Italian and Dutch.
Active in Rome and prominent in the field of baroque studies, art historian Luigi Salerno was a prolific author and as a high-level administrator, he was involved in preserving the artistic patrimony of Rome and Lazio.