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Toledo Museum of Art

museum in Toledo, Ohio

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Upon his return home to the United States in 1946, Wittmann began a thirty-year career at the Toledo Museum of Art which included his appointment to Director in 1959. Under his leadership, the museum established internationally-ranked education programs, tripled its collection, and doubled its exhibition space. His keen eye and innate understanding of the art market guided acquisitions of some of the best American, Dutch, and seventeenth-century Italian and French paintings available. He organized numerous successful exhibitions, including France: The Splendid Century (1961) and The Age of Rembrandt (1966). In honor of his retirement in 1976, the museum presented Treasures for Toledo, a retrospective of his most notable acquisitions (English)
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Director of the Toledo Museum of Art. After graduating from the University of Missouri he received a Master's Degree from Princeton from the Department of Art and Archaeology. After marrying Molly Ohl, he joined the Toledo Museum of Art in 1916 rising to become its second director in 1926. Godwin made significant purchases for the Museum, including works by el Greco, Goya and . In 1946 he hired returning war veteran and "Monuments Man" Otto Wittmann (q.v.) as his assistant director. Godwin, who was alway more interested in the Museum's running than in acquisitions, recognized Wittmann's connoisseurship training. He turned acquititions at Toledo over to Wittmann. Godwin retired in 1959 and was succeeded by Wittmann. (English)
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1912
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Toledo Museum of Art
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