During the academic year CASVA organizes scholarly meetings that range in size and duration from multiday gatherings with audiences to individual lectures and closed roundtable discussions. Meetings are held primarily at the National Gallery of Art and occasionally at other institutions, both in this country and abroad. Subjects include themes related to the history of the visual arts of any period and geographic location and to all media.

The program of special meetings includes symposia, conferences, colloquies, seminars, study days, and incontri. Symposia and conferences are multiday presentations of formal papers with audience participation. Colloquies (usually focused on objects in the Gallery's collection), seminars (thematic), study days (special exhibitions), and incontri (informal talks by visiting scholars) are small gatherings in which scholars in related fields are invited to participate. Symposia are published as volumes in the series Studies in the History of Art; some seminars are published in CASVA’s Seminar Papers series.

The program of regular meetings includes shoptalks and colloquia presented by fellows and professors in residence.

The lecture program includes two named lecture series: the Gallery’s annual A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts and the biennial Wyeth Lecture in American Art. Other occasional lectures occur during the academic year. CASVA also cosponsors, with the University of Maryland, the annual Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art, presenting graduate student research.



The Sixty-Fourth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, 2015

West Building Lecture Hall
Sundays at 2:00 pm

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Restoration as Event and Idea: Art in Europe, 1814‒1820
Thomas Crow, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

March 15
Moscow Burns/The Pope Comes Home, 1812‒1814: David, Gros, and Ingres Test Empire’s Facade

March 22 At the Service of Kings, Madrid and Paris, 1814: Aging Goya and Upstart Géricault Face Their Restorations

March 29 Cut Loose, 1815‒1817: Napoleon Returns, David Crosses Borders, and Géricault Wanders Outcast Rome

April 12 The Religion of Ancient Art from London to Paris to Rome, 1815‒1819: Canova and Lawrence Replenish Papal Splendor

April 19 The Laboratory of Brussels, 1816‒1819: The Apprentice Navez and the Master David Redraw the Language of Art

April 26 Redemption in Rome and Paris, 1818‒1820: Ingres Revives the Chivalric while Géricault Recovers the Dispossessed

Because of the East Building renovation, the Sixty-Fourth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts will be presented in the West Building Lecture Hall, which has a capacity of 159 people. The lectures will also be screened simultaneously in the West Building Project Room. To accommodate the considerable public interest, the lectures will be available for the first time via live stream on the Gallery website. To access the live stream, please visit



Forty-Fifth Annual Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art
March 7, 2015

Jointly sponsored by CASVA and the University of Maryland Department of Art History and Archaeology. Program (PDF 468 KB)


New Projects in Digital Art History Conference
November 21, 2014
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Image: Reconstruction of the Accademia, Venice, by Marco Pedron based on the research of Ludovica Galeazzo, from “Visualizing Venice,” project of Duke University, Università degli Studi di Padova, and Università Iuav di Venezia


Seventh Biennial Wyeth Foundation for American Art Conference

Andrew Wyeth in Context: Contemporary Art and Scholarship
October 17, 2014
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Image: Andrew Wyeth, Wind from the Sea (detail), 1947, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Charles H. Morgan, © Andrew Wyeth


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The Sixty-Fourth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts
Restoration as Event and Idea: Art in Europe, 1814‒1820
Thomas Crow, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

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For additional information on past symposia, colloquia, seminars, and lectures, refer to the Center Reports.