NO. R-85.  House concurrent resolution in memory of Julius S. Held.

(H.C.R. 49)

Offered by:  Representative Botzow of Pownal, Bartlett of Dover, Corcoran of Bennington, Freed of Dorset, Hube of Londonderry, Krawczyk, A. of Bennington, Krawczyk, J. of Bennington, Livingston of Manchester, Miller of Shaftsbury and Morrissey of Bennington.

Offered by:  Senator Sears of Bennington County and Senator Shepard of Bennington County.

Whereas, the grandeur of the great Dutch and Flemish artists of the 16th and 17th centuries, whose portrayals of landscapes, maritime scenes, and daily human life are best epitomized in the work of Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt van Rijn, was the scholarly focus of long-time Bennington resident Julius Held, and

Whereas, Professor Held’s long and distinguished life began in Germany, where he was born in 1905 in Mosbach, and, in 1930, was awarded a doctorate in art history from the University of Freiburg, and

Whereas, forced to flee his native land when the Nazi tyranny arose, he emigrated to the United States and had a 34‑year association with Barnard College, rising to the rank of full professor, and

Whereas, beyond his academic duties, Professor Held was a noted museum consultant and author whose books on Flemish and Dutch art display a connoisseurship of unsurpassed depth, and

Whereas, his leading studies of Peter Paul Rubens include the definitive anthologies “The Oil Sketches of Peter Paul Rubens” and “Rubens, Selected Drawings,” while his scholarship on Rembrandt is epitomized in “Rembrandt’s ‘Aristotle’ and Other Rembrandt Studies,” and

Whereas, in 1971, Professor Held retired to Bennington where he was active in community affairs, spent a decade on the faculty of nearby Williams College, and continued his distinguished scholarship, and

Whereas, in 1982, Vermont’s highest honor for achievement in the arts, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, was bestowed on him, and

Whereas, he will be missed both in the scholarly fraternity of art historians and by his family, including his daughter Anna, his son Michael, and his two granddaughters, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere condolences to the family of Julius S. Held, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Anna Held Audette in New Haven, Connecticut and Michael Held in Boulder, Colorado.