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UMass Amherst Collections

Professor Walter B. Denny joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Art History Program in 1970. He did undergraduate work at Robert College (Istanbul), Grinnell College, the State University of Iowa, and received his BA cum laude from Oberlin College in 1964. After graduate study at Harvard University and Istanbul Technical University on a Fulbright Fellowship, he received his PhD in Fine Arts from Harvard in 1971. His primary field of teaching and research is the art and architecture of the Islamic world, in particular the artistic traditions of the Ottoman Turks, Islamic carpets and textiles, Islamic imagery in European art, and issues of economics and patronage in Islamic art. He is an active photographer, and his archive of high-resolution digital images of art and architecture in many different geographical and chronological areas, started in 2008, now numbers over 100,000 images. Many of those images will be included in this collection as well as digitized versions of 35 mm slides that he shot prior to 2008.