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Members' Research Reports, 2011 – 2016

Every member submits a written summary of the independent research accomplished while in residence at the Center, for publication in the annual Center Report. These reports often represent the first published record of new research, and as such we hope they are useful to scholars working on related topics. For research reports published before 2011, please see the annual Center reports.

Nicholas Adams, Vassar College
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, January 1 – February 29, 2012
Public Buildings and Hygienic Workrooms: Gunnar Asplund’s Courthouse Extension in Gothenburg, Sweden (1934 – 1938)


Laura Camille Agoston
, Trinity University
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, June 13 – August 12, 2011
Ambivalent Sovereign: Michelangelo's Funeral at San Lorenzo


Mahvash Alemi, Rome
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow, fall 2013
Safavid Gardens from a Persian Perspective 


Benjamin Anderson
[Bryn Mawr College]
David E. Finley Fellow, 2009 – 2012
Images of the Ptolemaic Cosmos and the Problem of Early Medieval Art


Robyn Asleson
Research Associate, 2013 – 2014
The Art Collections and Patronage of Frederick Leyland

Research Associate, 2014 – 2015
The Art Collections and Patronage of Frederick Leyland

Research Associate, 2015 – 2016
The Art Collections and Patronage of Frederick Leyland


Martina Bagnoli
, The Walters Art Museum

Scholar in Residence, August 13 – September 30, 2012
The Five Senses and Medieval Art


Carmen C. Bambach
, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Andrew W. Mellon Professor, 2010 – 2012
The Quest for Authenticity in Michelangelo's Drawings


Nicola J. Cronin Barham [University of Chicago]
Twelve-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2013 – 2014
Ornament and Artistic Theory in Ancient Rome: An Alternative Classical Paradigm for the Visual Arts


Elizabeth Bartman
, New York City
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, January 4 – February 29, 2016
"Manoeuvering the Marble": The Modern Restoration of Ancient Sculpture


Kathryn Barush
Research Associate, 2011 – 2012
The Visual and Material Cultures of Pilgrimage in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Research Associate, 2012 – 2013
The Art and Material Cultures of Pilgrimage

Research Associate, 2013 – 2014
The Sacred Journey: Art and Ritual


Oskar Bätschmann
, University of Bern, emeritus
Samuel H. Kress Professor, 2012 – 2013
Last Works


Susanna Berger [University of Cambridge]
Samuel H. Kress Fellow, 2011 – 2013
The Art of Philosophy in Early Modern Europe


Mattia Biffis
Research Associate, 2013 – 2014
The Artist as Intellectual: Giuseppe Salviati and Venetian Mannerism, 1540 – 1575

Research Associate, 2014 – 2015
The Artist as
Cittadino: Giuseppe Salviati and Venetian Mannerism, 1540 – 1575

Research Associate, 2015 – 2016
Expatriating the Maniera: Rome, Florence, and Venetian Mannerism, 1540 – 1575


John R. Blakinger 
[Stanford University]
Twenty-Four-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2014 – 2016
Artist under Technocracy: György Kepes and the Cold War Avant-Garde


Robert Bork
, University of Iowa
Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow, 2014 – 2015
The Anti-Gothic Turn: Explaining the Architectural Revolution of circa 1500


Louise Bourdua, Warwick University
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow, 2013 – 2014
What Petrarch Saw: Venice Revisited in the Later Middle Ages


Monica Bravo
[Brown University]
Wyeth Fellow, 2014 – 2016
Picturing Greater America: US Modernist Photography and the Mexican Cultural Renaissance, 1920 – 1945


David Alan Brown
, National Gallery of Art, Department of Italian Paintings
Ailsa Mellon Bruce National Gallery of Art Sabbatical Curatorial Fellow, June 1 – September 30, 2012
Giovanni Bellini's Last Works


Louise M. Burkhart, University at Albany, State University of New York
Paul Mellon Senior Fellow, 2012 – 2013
Catechetical Pictography and the Art of Being Indian in Late-Colonial New Spain


Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen [Princeton University]
David E. Finley Fellow, 2011 – 2014
The Disposition of Figures in Modern Art, 1886 ‒ 1912


Dana E. Byrd
[Yale University]
Wyeth Fellow, 2010 – 2012
Rethinking the South Carolina Sea Island Plantation, 1861 – 1877


Mario Carpo
, Yale University / École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Paris – La Villette
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow, spring 2014
Leon Battista Alberti's On Sculpture: A Study in Early Modern Science and Art


Lynn Catterson
, New York City
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, January 5 – February 28, 2015
Stefano Bardini: Forming the Canon of Fifteenth-Century Italian Sculpture


Esther Chadwick [Yale University]
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2013 – 2016
The Radical Print: British Art and Graphic Experiment in the Paper Age


S. Hollis Clayson
, Northwestern University
Samuel H. Kress Professor, 2013 – 2014
Electric Paris: Episodes from the Visual Culture of the City of Light in the Era of Thomas Edison

Lynne Cooke, New York City
Andrew W. Mellon Professor, 2012 – 2014
Outside In: A Study of the Interface Between Mainstream and Self-Taught Art in the United States in the Twentieth Century

Andrew W. Mellon Professor, 2012 – 2014
Outside In: A Study of the Interface Between Mainstream and Self-Taught Art in the United States in the Twentieth Century


Kate Cowcher
[Stanford University]
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2013 –  2015
Between Revolutionary Motherland and Death: Art and Visual Culture in Socialist Ethiopia


Thierry de Duve, Université Lille 3 (emeritus)
William C. Seitz Senior Fellow, 2012 – 2013
Duchamp's Message, Manet's Testatment, Broodthaers' Lesson

C. D. Dickerson III, Kimbell Art Museum
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, June 1 –  August 8, 2014
Mystery and Reality: The Brothers Le Nain


Jason Di Resta

Samuel H. Kress Fellow [The Johns Hopkins University], 2010 – 2012
Pordenone and the Translocal Alternative

Research Associate, 2012 – 2013
Giovanni Antonio da Pordenone: Artistic Ambition and the Challenge of the Local, 1515 – 1539


Nikolas Drosos
[The Graduate Center, City University of New York]
Twenty- Four- Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2013 – 2015
Synthesis of Art and Architecture in Eastern Europe, 1954 – 1958


Nina L. Dubin, University of Illinois at Chicago
Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow, 2013 – 2014
Love, Trust, and Risk: Painting the "Papered Century"

Anne Dunlop, Tulane University
Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow, 2012 – 2013
Castagno’s Crime: Andrea del Castagno and Quattrocento Painting