Oral history interview with Daniel Varney Thompson, 1974 September 25-1976 November 2
Transcript: 46 pages
An interview of Daniel Varney Thompson conducted 1974 September 25-1976 November 2, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art. Thompson speaks of authenticating a painting by Leonardo Da Vinci; teaching at Harvard University with Edward Waldo Forbes; his 1923-1925 expedition to India and China with Langdon Warner and Fogg Art Museum personnel to study cave paintings; setting up the art history department at Yale with Everett Meeks and teaching tempera painting; his studies in Europe and work at the Courtauld Institute in London; and translating manuscripts dealing with medieval painting techniques and media. He recalls Bernard Berenson and William Mills Ivins.
Place of publication, production, or execution: Massachusetts
General Note: Originally recorded on 4 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 7 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 55 min.
Access Note / Rights: Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Citation: Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Daniel Varney Thompson, 1974 September 25-1976 November 2. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms: Transcript available online.
Funding: Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Biography Note: Daniel V. Thompson (1902-1980) was an art historian, conservator, professor, and chemist engineer. Thompson studied techniques of medieval and Renaissance painting. He was a professor at the Courtald Institute, London, 1938-1947.
Provenance: This interview is part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Location Note: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
interviewee: Thompson, Daniel V. (Daniel Varney), 1902-1980
interviewer: Brown, Robert F.
Subject: Warner, Langdon
Subject: Meeks, Everett
Subject: Berenson, Bernard
Subject: Forbes, Edward
Subject: Ivins, William Mills
Subject: Harvard University. Germanic Museum
Subject: Fogg Art Museum
Subject: Courtauld Institute of Art
Subject: Yale University
Record number: (DSI-AAA_CollID)13166
Record number: (DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212102
Record number: AAA_collcode_thomps74