A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts

Birley, Andrew W. Mellon

Sir Oswald Hornby Joseph Birley, Andrew W. Mellon, 1933, oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mrs. Mellon Bruce

The A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts were inaugurated in 1949. Endowed by a gift of the Old Dominion Foundation and the Avalon Foundation (creations of Paul Mellon and his sister, Ailsa Mellon Bruce, respectively) the lecture series was founded “to bring to the people of the United States the results of the best contemporary thought and scholarship bearing upon the subject of the Fine Arts.” The lecturers were to be, and have been, of “exceptional ability, achievement and reputation.” The National Gallery engages distinguished scholars from all disciplines to lecture on subjects in their fields, as the original gift mandated, “provided such subjects have a relationship to or bearing on the Fine Arts or are important to understanding, appreciation, or promotion of the Fine Arts.” As publication was always an essential part of the vision of the Mellon Lectures, a relationship was established between the National Gallery and the Bollingen Foundation for a series of books based on the lectures. Since 1967 the series has been published by Princeton University Press. For discussions of lectures and lecturers through 2001, see CASVA's publication The A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, Fifty Years, edited by Elizabeth Cropper (2002).

crow

2015
Restoration as Event and Idea: Art in Europe, 1814‒1820
Thomas Crow, New York University, Institute of Fine Arts

grafton

2014
Past Belief: Visions of Early Christianity in Renaissance and Reformation Europe

Anthony Grafton, Princeton University

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bergdoll

2013
Out of Site in Plain View: A History of Exhibiting Architecture since 1750
Barry Bergdoll, The Museum of Modern Art/Columbia University

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clunas

2012
Chinese Painting and Its Audiences

Craig Clunas, University of Oxford

beard

2011
The Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from Ancient Rome to Salvador Dalí
Mary Beard, University of Cambridge

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miller

2010
Art and Representation in the Ancient New World

Mary Miller, Yale University

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clark

2009
Picasso and Truth (published as Picasso and Truth: From Cubism to Guernica, 2013)
T. J. Clark, University of California, Berkeley

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koerner

2008
Bosch and Bruegel: Parallel Worlds
Joseph Leo Koerner, Harvard University

vendler

2007
Last Looks, Last Books: The Binocular Poetry of Death
(published as Last Looks, Last Books: The Binocular Poetry of Death: Stevens, Plath, Lowell, Bishop, Merrill, 2010)

Helen Vendler, Harvard University

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schama

2006
Really Old Masters: Age, Infirmity, and Reinvention

Simon Schama, Columbia University

winter

2005
"Great Work": Terms of Aesthetic Experience in Ancient Mesopotamia

Irene J. Winter, Harvard University

lavin

2004
More Than Meets the Eye

Irving Lavin, Institute for Advanced Study

varnedoe

2003
Pictures of Nothing: Abstract Art since Pollock (published 2006)
Kirk Varnedoe, Institute for Advanced Study

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fried

2002
The Moment of Caravaggio (published 2010)
Michael Fried, The Johns Hopkins University

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settis

2001
Giorgione and Caravaggio: Art as Revolution

Salvatore Settis, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa

fumaroli

2000
The Quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns in the Arts, 1600–1715

Marc Fumaroli, Collège de France

bertelli

1999
Transitions
Carlo Bertelli, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Accademia di Architettura

ledderose

1998
Ten Thousand Things: Module and Mass Production in Chinese Art (published 2001)

Lothar Ledderose, Universität Heidelberg

golding

1997
Paths to the Absolute (published as Paths to the Absolute: Mondrian, Malevich, Kandinsky, Pollock, Newman, Rothko, and Still, 2000)
John Golding, Painter

p-rosenberg

1996
From Drawing to Painting: Poussin, Watteau, Fragonard, David, Ingres (published as From Drawing to Painting: Poussin, Watteau, Fragonard, David, and Ingres, 2000)

Pierre M. Rosenberg, Musée du Louvre

danto-2014

1995
Contemporary Art and the Pale of History (published as After the End of Art: Contemporary Art and the Pale of History, 1997; first Princeton Classics edition, with a new foreword by Lydia Goehr, 2014)

Arthur C. Danto, Columbia University

brown

1994
Kings and Connoisseurs: Collecting Art in Seventeenth-Century Europe  (published 1995)
Jonathan Brown, New York University, Institute of Fine Arts

boardman

1993
The Diffusion of Classical Art in Antiquity (published 1994)

John Boardman, University of Oxford, Lincoln College

hecht

1992
The Laws of the Poetic Art (published as On the Laws of the Poetic Art, 1995)

Anthony Hecht, Georgetown University

sauerlander

1991
Changing Faces: Art and Physiognomy through the Ages

Willibald Sauerländer, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte

montagu

1990
Gold, Silver, and Bronze: Metal Sculpture of the Roman Baroque (published 1996)
Jennifer Montagu, Warburg Institute

grabar

1989
Intermediary Demons: Toward a Theory of Ornament (published as The Mediation of Ornament, 1992)
Oleg Grabar, Harvard University

shearman

1988
Art and the Spectator in the Italian Renaissance (published as Only Connect . . . : Art and the Spectator in the Italian Renaissance, 1992)
John Shearman, Princeton University

foss

1986
Confessions of a Twentieth‑Century Composer

Lukas Foss, Brooklyn Philharmonic

ackerman

1985
The Villa in History (published as The Villa: Form and Ideology of Country Houses, 1990)

James S. Ackerman, Harvard University

wollheim

1984
Painting as an Art (published 1987)

Richard Wollheim, Columbia University

scully

1983
The Shape of France (published as Architecture: The Natural and the Manmade, 1991, by St. Martin’s Press, New York)

Vincent Scully, Yale University

steinberg

1982
The Burden of Michelangelo's Painting

Leo Steinberg, University of Pennsylvania

harris

1981
Palladian Architecture in England, 1615–1760

John Harris, Royal Institute of British Architects

kidson

1980
Principles of Design in Ancient and Medieval Architecture

Peter Kidson, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

rewald

1979
Cézanne and America (published as Cézanne and America: Dealers, Collectors, Artists, and Critics, 1891–1921, 1989)

John Rewald, Graduate Center, City University of New York

alsop

1978
The History of Art Collecting (published as The Rare Art Traditions: The History of Art Collecting and Its Linked Phenomena Wherever These Have Appeared, 1982)

Joseph W. Alsop, Journalist

chastel

1977
The Sack of Rome: 1527 (published 1982)

André Chastel, Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art/Collège de France

von-blanckenhagen

1976
Aspects of Classical Art

Peter von Blanckenhagen, New York University

landon

1975
Music in Europe in the Year 1776

H. C. Robbins Landon, Musicologist

janson

1974
Nineteenth‑Century Sculpture Reconsidered (published as The Rise and Fall of the Public Monument, 1976, by The Graduate School, Tulane University)

H. W. Janson, New York University

barzun

1973
The Use and Abuse of Art (published 1974)

Jacques Barzun, Columbia University

heydenreich

1972
Leonardo da Vinci

Ludwig H. Heydenreich, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

boase

1971
Vasari: The Man and the Book (published as Giorgio Vasari: The Man and the Book, 1979)

T. S. R. Boase, University of Oxford

pevsner

1970
Some Aspects of Nineteenth‑Century Architecture (published as A History of Building Types, 1976)

Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, Birkbeck College, University of London

bronowski

1969
Art as a Mode of Knowledge (published as The Visionary Eye: Essays in the Arts, Literature, and Science, 1978, by The MIT Press)

Jacob Bronowski, Scientist

spender

1968
Imaginative Literature and Painting

Stephen Spender, Poet

praz

1967
On the Parallel of Literature and the Visual Arts (published as Mnemosyne: The Parallel between Literature and the Visual Arts, 1970)

Mario Praz, Università degli Studi di Roma

cecil

1966
Dreamer or Visionary: A Study of English Romantic Painting (published as Visionary and Dreamer: Two Poetic Painters, Samuel Palmer and Edward Burne-Jones, 1969)

Lord David Cecil, University of Oxford

berlin

1965
Sources of Romantic Thought (published as The Roots of Romanticism, 1999)

Sir Isaiah Berlin, University of Oxford, All Soul's College

j-rosenberg-original

1964
On Quality in Art: Criteria of Excellence, Past and Present (published 1967)

Jakob Rosenberg, Harvard University

pope-hennessy

1963
Artist and Individual: Some Aspects of the Renaissance Portrait (published as The Portrait in the Renaissance, 1966)          

Sir John Pope‑Hennessy, Victoria and Albert Museum

raine

1962
William Blake and Traditional Mythology (published as Blake and Tradition, 1968)

Kathleen Raine, Poet

a-grabar

1961
Christian Iconography and the Christian Religion in Antiquity (published as Christian Iconography: A Study of Its Origins, 1968)

André Grabar, Ecole Practique des Hautes Etudes/Collège de France

lewis

1960
Horace Walpole (published 1960)

Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis, Yale University

gabo

1959
A Sculptor's View of the Fine Arts (published as Of Divers Arts, 1962)

Naum Gabo, Artist

blunt

1958
Nicolas Poussin and French Classicism (published as Nicolas Poussin, 1967)

Sir Anthony Blunt, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

giedion

1957
Constancy and Change in Art and Architecture (published as The Eternal Present: A Contribution on Constancy and Change, 1962–1964)

Sigfried Giedion, Universität Zürich

gombrich

1956
The Visible World and the Language of Art (published as Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation, 1960)

E. H. Gombrich, University College London

gilson

1955
Art and Reality
(published as Painting and Reality, 1957)

Etienne Gilson, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies

read

1954
The Art of Sculpture (published 1956)

Sir Herbert Read, Harvard University

k-clark

1953
The Nude: A Study of Ideal Art (published as The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form, 1956)

Sir Kenneth Clark, Arts Council of Great Britain

maritain

1952
Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry (published 1953)

Jacques Maritain, Princeton University