Type of entity
Authorized form of name
Parallel form(s) of name
Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules
Other form(s) of name
Identifiers for corporate bodies
Dates of existence
George Oprescu was born in 1881 in Câmpulung, Romania. Though raised in poverty, he was educated in literature and philosophy at the University of Bucharest thanks to the help of friends and scholarships. After his graduation in 1905 he became a teacher of French language and literature. He also taught at the University of Fluj and led an art history seminar. He later became professor at the University of Bucharest and, since 1932, director of the Toma Stelian Museum, to which he donated a considerable amount of his private art collection. After the Second World War, he donated his collection to the Romanian Academy.
From 1923 until 1939, Oprescu worked as secretary of the International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation in Geneva.
After the war he became a member of the Romanian Academy, and from 1949 until his death in 1969 he led the Academy’s Institute of Art History.
Functions, occupations and activities
Mandates/sources of authority
Access points area
Authority record identifier
Rules and/or conventions used
Level of detail
Dates of creation, revision and deletion
- UNESCO Archives, Archival Group 1, IIIC, index cards
- Mircea Dunca, ‘Persian Art in Romania before World War I’, in Kadoi, Y. and Szántó, I. (eds.) The Shaping of Persian Art: Collections and Interpretations of Islamic Iran and Central Asia (Cambridge, 2013), p. 39.