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From the Bulletin

American Old Masters: A New History of Art (PDF 2.2MB)

The A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts were established in 1949 to bring the results of the best contemporary thought and scholarship bearing upon the subject of the fine arts to the people of the United States. The sixty-sixth lecture series, presented this spring by Alexander Nemerov of Stanford University and entitled The Forest: America in the 1830s, was the first to be dedicated to the old masters of American art. An article by Dean Elizabeth Cropper in the spring 2017 Bulletin explores how these lectures build upon the National Gallery of Art’s enduring dedication to and role within the progression of scholarship in American art.

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New Videos

The Sixty-Sixth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, 2017
The Forest: America in the 1830s

Alexander Nemerov, Stanford University

Watch or listen here.

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New Endowment

$1 Million Received by the National Gallery of Art from the Edmond J. Safra Foundation to Endow the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professorship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts

The National Gallery of Art announced a $1 million grant from the Edmond J. Safra Foundation to support the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professorship at CASVA. This generous gift coincides with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's endowment challenge grant to the National Gallery of Art on the occasion of the Gallery's 75th anniversary. Matching funds will permit the professorship to be fully endowed. See the press release for more information.

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Upcoming Publication

Carlo Cesare Malvasia’s Felsina pittrice: Lives of the Bolognese Painters
Volume 2, Part 2, Life of Marcantonio Raimondi and Critical Catalogue of Prints by or after Bolognese Masters

Critical Edition by Lorenzo Pericolo; Introduction, Translation, and Notes by Naoko Takahatake with the Critical Edition of Roger de Piles's Annotations to Malvasia's Festina pittrice by Carlo Alberto Girotto; with the support of Mattia Biffis and Elizabeth Cropper
Forthcoming spring 2017

Elizabeth Cropper, dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, announces the forthcoming volume two of the critical edition and annotated translation of Carlo Cesare Malvasia’s Felsina pittrice, or Lives of the Bolognese Painters (Bologna, 1678). A team of scholars led by Dean Cropper and Professor Lorenzo Pericolo (University of Warwick) has produced 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.

Learn more about the Malvasia Research Project here.

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New Video

The Lost Museum: The Berlin Painting and Sculpture Collections 70 Years after World War II
Julien Chapuis, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
October 6, 2016

This lecture, presented in association with the seventy-fifth anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, is now available as an online video

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Recent Symposium

The African American Art World in Twentieth-Century Washington, DC
March 16–17, 2017
East Building Auditorium

Speakers included Rhea L. Combs, Gwendolyn H. Everett, Paul Gardullo, Tuliza Fleming, Jacqueline Francis, Lauren Haynes, Amy Kirschke, Robert G. O'Meally, Richard J. Powell,  Jacquelyn D. Serwer, Elsa Smithgall, Jeffrey C. Stewart, John A. Tyson, and Tobias Wofford. Session moderators were Kinshasha Holman Conwill, Charles Brock, and Huey Copeland. The symposium also featured a panel of artists moderated by Ruth Fine including Lilian Thomas Burwell, Floyd Coleman, David C. Driskell, Sam Gilliam, Keith A. Morrison, Martin Puryear, Sylvia Snowden, and Lou Stovall. Program (PDF 433KB)

Image: Alma Thomas, Red Rose Cantata, 1973. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Vincent Melzac

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Recent Symposium

Forty-Seventh Annual Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art
March 4, 2017
West Building Lecture Hall

Jointly sponsored by CASVA and the University of Maryland Department of Art History and Archaeology. Program (PDF 442KB)

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New Video

Hubert Robert at the Flower-Strewn Abyss
Nina Dubin, University of Illinois at Chicago
September 26, 2016

This lecture, presented in association with the exhibition Hubert Robert, 1733–1808 at the National Gallery of Art, is now available as an online video

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New Publication

A Generous Vision II: Samuel H. Kress Professors, 1995–2016 (PDF 15MB)
Edited by Therese O'Malley, with an introduction by Elizabeth Cropper, 2016

Published on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, this volume updates A Generous Vision: Samuel H. Kress Professors, 1965–1995. This new record of achievement for the years 1995–2016 is intended to reflect the previous volume in spirit and structure, with a short reminiscence about each Kress Professor by someone who was in residence as a young scholar at CASVA during the professor's term.  

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From the Bulletin

Shared Assets: The Search for Knowledge (PDF 3.9MB)

As the quest for knowledge endures and deepens, research institutions strive to respond to the increasingly complex needs of scholars. An article by Dean Elizabeth Cropper in the fall 2016 Bulletin explores the progressive expansion of the National Gallery of Art Library in conjunction with the establishment of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. Working in tandem to fulfill the mission of the Gallery, the Library and the Center have sustained over the past decades a dedication to foster study, develop both physical and virtual collections, and connect global communities of scholarship.

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New Publication

Center 36: Record of Activities and Research Reports, June 2015–May 2016 (PDF 16.1MB)

This year, in which the National Gallery of Art celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts welcomed fellows from China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The topics of their research ranged from gold disks of Chichen Itza in the reign of K'ak'upcal to Italian Renaissance fountain sculpture, from the relationship between Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt to fashion and costume in Yuan dynasty China, and from American modernist photography and the Mexican cultural renaissance to the prints of Jan van de Velde II. Read more

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New Publication

The Civil War in Art and Memory
Studies in the History of Art, Volume 81
Edited by Kirk Savage, 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.

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New Accademia Website Now Live

The History of the Accademia di San Luca, c. 1590–1635: Documents from the Archivio di Stato di Roma

The CASVA digital project The History of the Accademia di San Luca, c. 1590–1635: Documents from the Archivio di Stato di Roma has been redesigned and migrated to a new platform. The site’s original features have been completely updated to incorporate new information and significant enhancements, including faceted search. Read more.