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New Publication

Center 36: Record of Activities and Research Reports, June 2015–May 2016 (PDF 16.1MB)

This year, in which the National Gallery of Art celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts welcomed fellows from China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The topics of their research ranged from gold disks of Chichen Itza in the reign of K'ak'upcal to Italian Renaissance fountain sculpture, from the relationship between Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt to fashion and costume in Yuan dynasty China, and from American modernist photography and the Mexican cultural renaissance to the prints of Jan van de Velde II. Read more


Lecture Series Announcement

The Sixty-Sixth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, 2017
The Forest: America in the 1830s
Alexander Nemerov, Stanford University

CASVA has announced Alexander Nemerov as the 2017 A. W. Mellon Lecturer in the Fine Arts. The lectures will be held in the East Building Auditorium on March 26, April 2, 9, 23, 30, and May 7, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.


New Audio and Video

The Sixty-Fifth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, 2016
The Thief Who Stole My Heart: The Material Life of Chola Bronzes from South India, c. 855‒1280
Vidya Dehejia, Columbia University

The 2016 A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts are now available in audio and video.  

Bulletin 54 cover

From the Bulletin

Mellon Anniversaries: 75, 65, 35 (PDF 919KB)

The 65th A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts are the first in the series to focus on Indian art. Under the title The Thief Who Stole My Heart, Vidya Dehejia of Columbia University examines the sacred bronzes, unique to south India, created over four centuries under the Chola dynasty. In the context of the Gallery’s 75th anniversary, an article by Elizabeth Cropper in the spring 2016 Bulletin explains the special connection of this subject to the history of the Mellon series and the interests of its founders.


Recent Symposium

Forty-Sixth Annual Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art
March 5, 2016

Jointly sponsored by CASVA and the University of Maryland Department of Art History and Archaeology. Program (PDF 451 KB)


New Publication

The Civil War in Art and Memory
Studies in the History of Art, Volume 81
Edited by Kirk Savage, 2016

Reflecting on the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, this book brings together a range of media and perspectives that show how the conflict has been recorded and remembered over time. Fifteen essays by scholars in a variety of disciplines explore visual representations of the war and its remembrance from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.


New Accademia Website Now Live

The History of the Accademia di San Luca, c. 1590–1635: Documents from the Archivio di Stato di Roma

The CASVA digital project The History of the Accademia di San Luca, c. 1590–1635: Documents from the Archivio di Stato di Roma has been redesigned and migrated to a new platform. The site’s original features have been completely updated to incorporate new information and significant enhancements, including faceted search. Read more.


Recent Conference Session

College Art Association 104th Annual Conference
The Study of World Art in Washington, DC
February 5, 2016

Organized by CASVA

Image: Chinese, Qing Dynasty, covered jar, mid-18th century (jar), 19th century (mount). National Gallery of Art, Washington, Widener Collection