Georgios Galavaris - Kurt Weitzmann Collection


Collection Number: GR GL GGKW 078
Name(s) of Creator(s): Georgios Galavaris (1926-2003) - Kurt Weitzmann (1904-1993)
Title: Georgios Galavaris-Kurt Weitzmann Collection
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Language(s): German
Summary: The collection consists of one album with black and white photographs, as well as loose photographs, mostly colored. According to a handwritten note on the cover of the album the photographs belonged to K. Weitzmann and were given to G. Galavaris. There is also a PhD diploma awarded to Wilhelm Weitzmann, father of Kurt.
Quantity:  0.12 linear meters
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Ms. Maria Galavari- Damianou (sister of G. Galavaris), 2006
Information about Access: The collection is available for research.
Cite as: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Archives, Georgios Galavaris-Kurt Weitzmann Collection (Αμερικανική Σχολή Κλασικών Σπουδών στην Αθήνα, Τμήμα Αρχείων, Συλλογή Γεωργίου Γαλάβαρη- Kurt Weitzmann)

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George Galavaris was a Byzantinist art historian. He studied at the University of Athens and received his Ph.D. from the department of art and archaeology at Princeton University in 1958, writing a thesis on Byzantine liturgical illustration under Kurt Weitzmann. He joined the faculty of McGill University, Montreal. In 1990 in collaboration with Weitzmann, he co-published from the Monastery of St. Catherine's at Mount Sinai, Egypt, The Illuminated Manuscripts. He retired in 1994. He died in 2003. Galavaris' area was Byzantine manuscript illuminations. A scholar of broad interests, his research areas ranged from philosophy to poetry and liturgy. He painted professionally, played piano, and published short stories.

Source: Princeton Alumni Weekly, December 17, 2003.

Kurt Weitzmann (1904 -1993) was a Princeton scholar, influential Byzantinist and medievalist. He attended the universities of Münster, Würzburg and Vienna He left Berlin, due to Nazi persecution, for Princeton University in 1935, where he remained for the rest of his life teaching and writing. In 1938, he began his long association with Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard's research centre for Byzantine studies. He is well known for the time he spent researching the icons and architecture at Saint Catherine's Monastery in Egypt.


Folder 1
- Album with 31 black and white photographs from Meteora, Sparta, Mystras, Tsakha, Patmos, Karytaina, Helikon, Delphi, Tolo, Kalymnos, two unidentified showing the interior of a church, one of an ancient theater, two of Kurt Weitzmann, one of Josepha Weitzmann-Fiedler, wife of Kurt Weitzman, and one of the couple.
- 2 newspaper clippings in German (about Mt Athos).

Folder 2
- Of the 33 loose photos:
a) 6 black and white photographs (5 of which portraits of Arabs)
b) 4 in the form of postcards depicting Byzantine mosaics.
c) 2 coloured and 1 black and white photographs of KW and wife Josepha (?)
d) 11 black and white photographs of a trip to Egypt (Mt Sinai?) or the Middle East[?]
e) 5 photos of priests
f) 4 miscellaneous
g) Coloured group photo (negatives also exists).
- 5 large negatives (12.5 x 10 cm) of photographs from some University event (one exists in print form also).

Folder 3
- PhD diploma, 1905 (Wilhelm Weitzmann)