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.