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Announcing New Members

National Gallery of Art's Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) Announces 2019–2020 Academic Year Appointments

See the press release for more information.


New Audio and Video

The Sixty-Eighth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts
Wu Hung
, University of Chicago

Watch / Listen: The Emergence of Dynastic Time in Chinese Art
Watch / Listen: Reconfiguring the World: The First Emperor's Art Projects
Watch / Listen: Conflicting Temporalities: Heaven's Mandate and Its Antitheses
Watch / Listen: Miraculous Icons and Dynastic Time: Narrating Buddhist Art in Medieval China
Watch / Listen: Art of Absence: Voices of the Leftover Subject
Watch / Listen: End as Beginning: Dynastic Time and Revolution


Announcing 2020 A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts

Transparence and Ambiguity: The Modern Space of Axonometry
Yve-Alain Bois, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

March 22, March 29, April 5, April 19, April 26, and May 3, at 2:00 p.m.

Titian, Italian 16th Century, Saint John the Evangelist on Patmos, c. 1553/1555c. 1553/1555

New Audio and Video

Sydney J. Freedberg Lecture on Italian Art
Against Titian

Stephen J. Campbell, Johns Hopkins University

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New Publication

Restoration: The Fall of Napoleon in the Course of European Art, 1812‒1820
Bollingen Series XXXV: 64
Thomas Crow, 2018

As the French Empire collapsed between 1812 and 1815, artists throughout Europe were left uncertain and adrift. The final abdication of Emperor Napoleon, clearing the way for a restored monarchy, profoundly unsettled prevailing national, religious, and social boundaries. In Restoration, which is based on his 2015 A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, Thomas Crow combines a sweeping view of European art centers—Rome, Paris, London, Madrid, Brussels, and Vienna—with a close-up look at pivotal artists, including Antonio Canova, Jacques-Louis David, Théodore Géricault, Francisco Goya, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Thomas Lawrence, and forgotten but meteoric painters François-Joseph Navez and Antoine Jean-Baptiste Thomas. Whether directly or indirectly, all were joined in a newly international network, from which changing artistic priorities and possibilities emerged out of the ruins of the old.

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From the Bulletin

CASVA's New Initiatives in African American Art: A Statement of Purpose (PDF 311KB)

African American art is a rich and complex field of representation that remains underrepresented and understudied, despite being essential to the comprehensive understanding of art history in the United States and beyond. In recent years the National Gallery of Art has endeavored to bring focus to this vital tradition through collecting, research, and programming across its various departments, including the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. An article by Dean Elizabeth Cropper in the fall 2018 Bulletin outlines the framework and objectives of CASVA’s new initiatives in African American art. Over a five-year period, this series of initiatives in the Center’s programs of fellowships, meetings, research, and publications will evolve to establish a wide-ranging and enduring commitment to the advanced study of this dynamic field.


Recent Publication

Center 38: Record of Activities and Research Reports, June 2017–May 2018 (PDF 6.4MB)

This year the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts welcomed fellows from France, Italy, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The topics of their research ranged from the meanings of aesthetic production of the Nahua people of Central Mexico to artistic encounters with Byzantium during the expansion of Aragon, from Venice’s architectural program under Doge Leonardo Donà to the reemergence of narrative in 1970s performance art in the United States, and from the Italian architect Pirro Ligorio to a history of photography of the Swahili coast. Read more.


New Publication

The Artist in Edo
Studies in the History of Art, Volume 80
Edited by Yukio Lippit, 2018

A historic first showing outside Japan of the thirty-scroll series Colorful Realm of Living Beings (c. 1757–1766) at the National Gallery of Art was the occasion for this collection of twelve essays that reimagine the concepts of the artist and art-making as they were understood in early modern Japan. During the Edo period (1600–1868), peace and economic stability under the Tokugawa shogunate allowed both elite and popular arts and culture to flourish in Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto. The essays consider a wide range of art forms—screen paintings, scrolls, prints, illustrated books, calligraphy, ceramics, textiles—giving extended attention to works by artists such as Ogata Kōrin, Nagasawa Rosetsu, Hon’ami Kōetsu, Tawaraya Sōtatsu, Katsushika Hokusai, and others, including Itō Jakuchū, creator of the spectacular depiction of nature in Colorful Realm. Published by the National Gallery of Art and distributed by Yale University Press.

Thomas Hart Benton, Corn and Winter Wheat, 19481948

New Audio and Video

Wyeth Lecture in American Art
The Panorama and the Globe: Expanding the American Landscape in World War II
Cécile Whiting, University of California, Irvine

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Edgar Degas, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, 1878-18811878-1881

New Audio and Video Series

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

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts announces a new audio and video series, Reflections on the Collection: The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professors at the National Gallery of Art. The four inaugural presentations include Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professors Kathleen A. Foster, Jacqueline Lichtenstein, Anna Ottani Cavina, and Carl Brandon Strehlke, who share their unique insights on works each selected from the National Gallery of Art collection. The presentations, ranging from five to 15 minutes in length, are a brief and special opportunity to take a closer look at important works inside gallery spaces with these distinguished professors.

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New Publication

The Cubism Seminars
Seminar Papers, Volume 3
Edited by Harry Cooper, 2017

The complex facets of cubism remain relevant subjects in art history today, a century after Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque developed the revolutionary style. This collection of essays by international experts presents new lines of inquiry, including novel readings of individual objects or groups of works through close visual, material, and archival analysis; detailed studies of how cubism related to intellectual and political movements of the early 20th century; and accounts of crucial moments in the reception of cubism by curators, artists, and critics. Generous illustrations of paintings, drawings, and sculptures, some familiar but others virtually unknown, support this wide range of approaches to the pioneering works of Picasso, Braque, Fernand Léger, Juan Gris, and others. Published by the National Gallery of Art and distributed by Yale University Press.


New 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, 2 volumes
Edited by Elizabeth Cropper and Lorenzo Pericolo; 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; Illustration Volume with the Support of Mattia Biffis, 2017

Volume 2, part 2, technically dedicated to Marcantonio Raimondi, disengages surprisingly from the familiar biographical format. It includes the most detailed catalog of prints published in Europe before the eighteenth century. Following Malvasia’s descriptions, and hunting through many collections, Mattia Biffis and Naoko Takahatake have succeeded in identifying nearly 1,000 prints by and after Bolognese artists, many of them little known and in rare states. These are now reassembled in the volume of plates that accompanies Takahatake’s translation and notes, together with the critical edition by Lorenzo Pericolo and an essay on Roger De Piles by Carlo Alberto Girotto.

Learn more about the Malvasia Research Project.


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.