Pietro Lazzari papers, 1878-1998

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Place of publication, production, or execution
United States
Physical Description
12.84 linear ft.
Access Note / Rights
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The papers of muralist and sculptor, Pietro Lazzari, measure 12.84 linear feet and date from 1878 to 1998. The collection documents Lazzari's life and career through biographical material, correspondence, business records, notes, writings, artwork, photographs, and printed material, including a short newsreel.
Pietro Lazzari papers, 1878-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Related Materials
Also found in the Archives of American Art is one sound tape reel of a transcribed interview with Pietro Lazzari, conducted by Harlan Phillips in 1964.
Biography Note
Pietro Lazzari (1898-1979) was a muralist, sculptor, and educator from Washington, D.C. Born in Rome, Italy, Pietro Lazzari studied at the Ornamental School of Rome after serving in World War I. He moved permanently to the United States in 1929 and worked on two murals for the U.S. Section of Fine Arts. He also experimented with a method of painting in polychrome concrete. In 1942, Lazzari moved from New York City to Washington, D.C., where he taught painting and sculpture at The American University, and from 1948 to 1950, he headed the Art Department at Dumbarton College. Lazzari executed several bronze busts of humanitarians including Pope Paul VI, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Adlai Stevenson. He was represented by the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York.
Language Note
Three hundred ninety letters, four notebooks, thirteen sketchbooks, one hundred clippings, five books, and a brochure are in Italian.
Donated 1989 by Lazzari's widow, Evelyn C. Lazzari, and in 1998 by her estate.
Location Note
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Sketches & Sketchbooks
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Record number
Lazzari, Pietro, 1898-1979
Phillips, Duncan
Thiel, Philip
Rust, John D.
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy
Thomas, Norman
Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing),
Roosevelt, Eleanor
Apollo 17 (Spacecraft)
Portrait sculpture, American
Sculpture, American
Archives of American Art
Motion pictures (visual works)
Slides (photographs)
Works of art