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Böhm, O. (Osvaldo). Osvaldo Böhm collection of Venetian art and architecture: Finding Aid

Fine Arts Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: VSCO 44
Repository: Fine Arts Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Böhm, O. (Osvaldo)
Title: Osvaldo Böhm collection of Venetian art and architecture, 1860-ca. 1988
Date(s): 1860- 1988
Quantity: 1 collection (ca. 15,000 black and white photographic prints in 61 boxes)
Quantity: Extent is approximate.
Abstract: Photographic prints of art and architecture in Venice and the Veneto; includes some general city views and street scenes. Photographed by Osvaldo Böhm, Carlo Naya, and others.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Purchased from O. Böhm Fotografo-Editore in a number of installments, ending in the 1980's. No further accruals are expected. The Böhm collection was acquired to provide a comprehensive inventory and history of Venetian art and architecture, in support of teaching.

Processing Information:

Inventory created by Joanne Bloom in 2005, from a preliminary list.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access by appointment only. Applications to consult this material should be directed to the Librarian of the Fine Arts Library.

Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and/or publication of materials subject to copyright requires written permission from a) the copyright owner, his/her heirs or assigns and from b) the Fine Arts Library, owner of the original material.

Preferred Citation:

Osvaldo Böhm collection of Venetian art and architecture, Visual Collections, Fine Arts Library, Harvard University

Related Materials

An undetermined number of other photographic prints acquired from O. Böhm Fotgrafo-Editore, and depicting the same subject matter, are part of the Fine Arts Library's Core Photograph Collection. They have been mounted on cardboard and cataloged individually. The Core Photograph Collection is organized and arranged according to the Fine Arts Library classification scheme by building or artist. These related prints were created towards the earlier end of the time span 1860-ca. 1988, while prints in the collection here described tend to be later.
For 88 additional photographic prints from O. Böhm Fotografo-Editore, representing art objects in the 1971 exhibition titled "Arte a Venezia dal medioevo al settecento," see Hollis no. 10572283.

Biographical / Historical

Carlo Naya, a lawyer and well-traveled amateur photographer, established a commercial studio in Venice around 1860. For more than two decades, he and his staff provided architectural views, scenes of daily life, and images of the artistic treasures in Venice and Veneto for scholars, residents, tourists, and for export. Following his death in 1882, the firm continued to revise and renew its catalogue (sometimes called the Naya Archive) to supply the photographic market. In 1920, Osvaldo Böhm (an art critic, photographer, and publisher from Padua) purchased the Naya Archive and opened a photography business in Venice, continuing the work of Naya and his associates. The firm O. Böhm Fotografo-Editore remained active at least until the late 1980s. Its store of images is known as the Archivio Naya-Böhm, or the Naya-Böhm Archive.



Arranged first by location, then by name of structure, then (where applicable) by artist or individual work of art within the structure. The alphabet has been divided into three series, one of them devoted to Venice. A fourth series includes a small number of photographs not arranged by location.

Scope and Contents

Images of buildings in Venice and the Veneto, primarily palazzi and churches; most are exterior views. Street scenes, showing the architectural fabric of Venice and offering a sense of the daily activities of its inhabitants. Images of paintings, sculptures, architectural details, and decorative arts located in the palazzi, churches, and public galleries of Venice and the Veneto.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Art, Italian--Italy--Venice--Photographs.
Church architecture--Italy--Venice--Photographs.
Art, Italian--Italy--Veneto--Photographs.
Church architecture--Italy--Veneto--Photographs.
Basilica di San Marco (Venice, Italy)--Photographs.
Chiesa di S. Maria della salute (Venice, Italy)--Photographs.
Accademia di belle arti di Venezia--Photographs.
Museo Correr--Photographs.
Palazzo ducale (Venice, Italy)--Photographs.
San Giorgio maggiore (Monastery : Venice, Italy)--Photographs.
San Giovanni e Paolo (Church : Venice, Italy)--Photographs.
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (Venice, Italy)--Photographs.
Venice (Italy)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs.
Veneto (Italy)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs.
Naya, Carlo--Photograph collections.
Böhm, O. (Osvaldo)--Photograph collections.
Böhm, O. (Osvaldo)
Naya, Carlo.
Archivio Naya-Böhm
O. Böhm Fotografo-Editore