It has been part of the mission of CASVA from its foundation to support, in addition to the work of the fellows, a series of long-term research projects directed by members of the senior staff that result in significant tools or resources for the field. Research associates, usually recent PhDs on term appointments, provide key support for these projects. In this context, CASVA continues to explore new media and computing technologies that promote advanced research in the visual arts. The following significant projects have been inaugurated since 1979.


Simone dei Crocefissi, Madonna and Child Enthroned with Angels and Giovanni da Piacenza, c. 1378, detail. Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna

The Felsina pittrice (1678) is one of the most important early modern texts on Italian art, yet it lacks a modern critical edition and full English translation. A team of scholars led by Dean Elizabeth Cropper and Professor Lorenzo Pericolo (University of Warwick) is producing a richly illustrated multivolume edition of the Italian text and associated preparatory notes, together with an annotated English translation. Volume One, devoted to the art of late medieval Bologna, appeared in 2012. Volume Thirteen, on the lives of Domenichino and Francesco Gessi, was published in 2013. Read more


Robert Mills, Picturesque View of the Building, and Grounds in Front, 1841, depicting the Smithsonian Institution, detail. National Archives, Washington, DC

Following the publication of Keywords in American Landscape Design (2010), work continues on a project, directed by Associate Dean Therese O’Malley, to make available in digital form the research material gathered to date, much of it rare and difficult to access. A database of images, people, places, texts, and terms will offer a comprehensive and extensively cross-referenced compendium of information on the social and geographical history of landscape design in early American history. Read more


Pierfrancesco Alberti, A Painter’s Academy, c. 1625, detail. Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, California (2007.PR.29)

This project, under the direction of Associate Dean Peter Lukehart, aims to provide the first institutional history of the artists’ academy in Rome from its origins through the establishment of its titular church and teaching spaces. The project brings together notarial documents and relevant secondary sources in two complementary resources: a volume of interpretive essays and a publicly accessible research database on the Web. A geotagging feature now under development for the website will allow place names mentioned in the documents to link to locations on interactive, historic maps of Rome. Read more

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