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Reflections on the Collection: The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professors at the National Gallery of Art

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Carl Brandon Strehlke (Philadelphia Museum of Art, adjunct curator, John G. Johnson Collection, and former Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor at the National Gallery of Art) discusses Domenico Veneziano, Saint John in the Desert (c. 1445/1450). Strehlke describes the history of the altarpiece of which this painting was originally a part and how the painting came to the National Gallery of Art. 

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Anna Ottani Cavina (Università di Bologna, emerita; Fondazione Federico Zeri, presidente onorario; and former Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor at the National Gallery of Art) focuses on John Robert Cozens, Cetara on the Gulf of Salerno (1790). Ottani Cavina describes Cozens’s visionary approach to watercolor painting, which inspired the romantic painters of the next generation. 

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Jacqueline Lichtenstein (Université Paris-Sorbonne, emeritus, and former Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor at the National Gallery of Art) discusses Edgar Degas, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen (1878–1881). Lichtenstein touches on issues such as the hierarchy of painting and sculpture, originals and copies, and the value of seeing works of art in person.

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Kathleen A. Foster (Philadelphia Museum of Art and former Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor at the National Gallery of Art) focuses on the Winslow Homer watercolor Boys Wading (1873). Foster describes Homer’s surprising turn to watercolor, a medium he learned first as a commercial illustrator and one that he embraced as a fine artist for the next thirty years.

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Anna Ottani Cavina (Università di Bologna, emerita; Fondazione Federico Zeri, presidente onorario; and former Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor at the National Gallery of Art) focuses on John Robert Cozens, Cetara on the Gulf of Salerno (1790). Ottani Cavina describes Cozens’s visionary approach to watercolor painting, which inspired the romantic painters of the next generation. 

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Carl Brandon Strehlke (Philadelphia Museum of Art, adjunct curator, John G. Johnson Collection, and former Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor at the National Gallery of Art) discusses Domenico Veneziano, Saint John in the Desert (c. 1445/1450). Strehlke describes the history of the altarpiece of which this painting was originally a part and how the painting came to the National Gallery of Art. 

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Jacqueline Lichtenstein (Université Paris-Sorbonne, emeritus, and former Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor at the National Gallery of Art) discusses Edgar Degas, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen (1878–1881). Lichtenstein touches on issues such as the hierarchy of painting and sculpture, originals and copies, and the value of seeing works of art in person.

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Kathleen A. Foster (Philadelphia Museum of Art and former Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor at the National Gallery of Art) focuses on the Winslow Homer watercolor Boys Wading (1873). Foster describes Homer’s surprising turn to watercolor, a medium he learned first as a commercial illustrator and one that he embraced as a fine artist for the next thirty years.