Biography and History

Rensselaer W. Lee graduated with honors from Princeton in 1920, and in 1926 he received a doctorate in English. He became professor of art history at Northwestern University from 1931 to 1940. Following World War II, he served on the American committee to conserve and restore European monuments and art damaged in the War. Rensselaer W. Lee was the Marquand Professor of art history at Princeton from 1954 to 1966, specializing in baroque and art theory. In 1958 he was part of a team that documented Byzantine art treasures at the sixth-century monastery of St. Catherine on Mount Sinai. He served as president of the American Academy in Rome from 1968-1971.

Source: From the finding aid for C0552