Rorimer, James J. (James Joseph), 1905-1966

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1905
Death 1966-05-11
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Museum director and art historian; New York City.

Rorimer was the motivating force in the development of the Cloisters. Educated at Harvard University and the Ecole Gory in Paris, his employment by the Metropolitan Museum of Art began in 1927 and continued until his death. He was curator of the Department of Medieval Art (1934-1955), director of the Cloisters (1949-1966) and director and trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1955-1966). During WWII, Rorimer served in the Monuments, Fine Art and Archives Section of the U.S. Army, recovering and protecting hidden and stolen art works (1943-1946).

From the description of James J. Rorimer papers, 1923-1962. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122571109

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Subjects:

  • Art treasures in war
  • Museum Directors
  • World War, 1939-1945--Destruction and pillage
  • Art, Medieval--Collectors and collecting

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Places:

  • France (as recorded)
  • Germany (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • New York (State)--New York (as recorded)
  • Europe (as recorded)