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Malkiel-Jirmounsky, Myron

    Full Name: Malkiel-Jirmounsky, Myron

    Other Names:

    • Myron Malkiel-Jirmounsky

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1890

    Date Died: unknown

    Home Country/ies: Russia

    Subject Area(s): architecture (object genre), Modern (style or period), painting (visual works), Renaissance, and sculpture (visual works)


    Historian Renaissance painting and modern architecture. Malkiel-Jirmounsky taught at St. Petersburg and later Sorbonne. Beginning in 1941 he was a lecturer at the National Museum, Lisbon. The art historian Bernard Berenson read Malkiel-Jirmounsky’s Problèmes des primitifs portugais (1941) while Berenson was in forced confinement in his home in Italy in 1942. Berenson commented, “the illustrations suggest all sorts of problems which the writer does not treat at all. On the other hand, he makes elaborate diagrams of diagonals he descries in the pictures, and speaks a good deal of ‘Geistesgeschichte’; he quotes Plotiinus, etc., etc.”

    Selected Bibliography

    Les tendances de l’architecture contemporaine. Paris: Delagrave, 1930; Problèmes des primitifs portugais. Coimbra: Coimbra editora, limitada, 1941; Escola do Mestre de Sardoal. Lisbon?: Artis, 1959.


    “10 March.” Berenson, Bernard. One Year’s Reading for Fun, 1942. New York: Knopf, 1960, pp. 35-36.


    "Malkiel-Jirmounsky, Myron." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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