CASVA publications include collections of essays based on symposia and seminars, reference works, special publications, and an annual report, Center.

CASVA’s symposia have been published in the series Studies in the History of Art since 1984. Approximately 60 volumes have appeared to date. The Seminar Papers series has been published since 2005. Subjects are in many cases related to National Gallery of Art exhibitions; in others they are chosen for their current scholarly interest.

Several CASVA research projects have resulted in major reference works. Some of these represent publishing collaborations between the National Gallery and outside academic presses: the multivolume series Carlo Cesare Malvasia’s Felsina pittrice: Lives of the Bolognese Painters, edited by Elizabeth Cropper, copublished with Harvey Miller Publishers (volume 1, 2012; volume 13, 2013); Keywords in American Landscape Design, edited by Therese O’Malley, copublished with Yale University Press (2010); and Guide to Documentary Sources for Andean Studies, 1530–1900, edited by Joanne Pillsbury, copublished with University of Oklahoma Press (2008; Spanish translation to be copublished with the Pontifica Universidad Católica del Perú). The Accademia Seminars: The Accademia di San Luca in Rome, c. 1590–1635 (2009), edited by Peter M. Lukehart, was published by the National Gallery of Art, which also hosts the accompanying website, The History of the Accademia di San Luca, c. 1590–1635: Documents from the Archivio di Stato di Roma.

Special publications include A Generous Vision: Samuel H. Kress Professors, 1965–1995 and The A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts: Fifty Years.

CASVA’s annual report, Center, has been published since 1981. A complete archive of these volumes is available to browse online.


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Modernism and Landscape Architecture, 1890‒1940
Studies in the History of Art, Volume 78
Edited by Therese O’Malley and Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn, 2015


Carlo Cesare Malvasia’s Felsina pittrice: Lives of the Bolognese Painters
Volume 13, Lives of Domenichino and Francesco Gessi

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Critical edition by Lorenzo Pericolo; translation by Anne Summerscale; essay by Elizabeth Cropper; historical notes by Anne Summerscale, Alexandra Hoare, Lorenzo Pericolo, and Elizabeth Cropper, 2013


The Civil War in Art and Memory
Studies in the History of Art, Volume 81
Edited by Kirk Savage
available April 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. The text is organized in four sections on the themes of home, the battlefield, public space, and heroism. Within these, famous images such as Antietam battlefield photography are presented in a new light, and discussions of lesser-known works—ranging from newspaper illustrations to stained glass windows to public sculpture—underscore their contemporary relevance to the war’s most problematic legacies. Four of the essays focus on one of the central commemorations of the war, Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s memorial to Robert Gould Shaw in Boston, and its multiple meanings and interpretations.  

The Artist in Edo
Studies in the History of Art, Volume 80
Edited by Yukio Lippit

Hokusai, Fisherman

The Artist in Edo will explore the multiple contexts in which the status of the Japanese artist and of art-making itself were conceptualized during the early modern era. The volume brings together an international, intergenerational, and interdisciplinary group of scholars to focus on a broad range of art-historical questions as a way of working toward a reimagination of the artist and of the body of work in early modern Japan.  

Image: Katsushika Hokusai, Fisherman, 1849, ink and color on silk. Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Charles Lang Freer, F1904.181

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