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Upcoming 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, NJ

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

Announcement (PDF 415KB)

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New Audio and Video

Sydney J. Freedberg Lecture on Italian Art

Andrea Mantegna’s Stones, Caves, and Clouds
Gabriele Finaldi, National Gallery, London

Watch / Listen

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From the Bulletin

Women in the Archive (PDF 423KB)

Biography is intrinsic to the field of art history with an extended and evolving tradition.  Even so there remain inequalities in the study of artist’s lives, linked to factors such as gender or race. The many voids in the historical account will only be filled through dedicated research, especially the archival documentation of lived experience. An invaluable resource, the archive continues to enrich the biographies of hitherto underrepresented or little understood individuals, including many early modern women artists. An article by Dean Elizabeth Cropper in the fall 2019 Bulletin frames the painter Artemisia Gentileschi as a case study of how archival discoveries can bring new dimensions to the life and work of a woman artist in early modern Italy, revealing greater artistic agency and professional standing. Cropper places this in the context of ongoing research at CASVA that contributes to evaluating and expanding the biographies of both the famous and the forgotten.

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New Publication

Carlo Cesare Malvasia’s Felsina pittrice: Lives of the Bolognese Painters, Volume 9, Life of Guido Reni, 2 volumes
Edited by Elizabeth Cropper and Lorenzo Pericolo; Critical Edition, Translation, and Essay by Lorenzo Pericolo; Historical Notes by Lorenzo Pericolo, with Elizabeth Cropper, Stefan Albl, Mattia Biffis, and Elise Ferone; Corpus of Illustrations established by Lorenzo Pericolo, with Mattia Biffis and Elise Ferone

Illustrated with numerous color images, these two volumes provide a critical edition and annotated translation of Malvasia’s life of Guido. Based on a radical reassessment of the historical documentation and a profound investigation of Malvasia’s art criticism, these volumes offer the most thorough treatment to date of the artist’s work.

Learn more about the Malvasia Research Project.

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New Publication

Center 39: Record of Activities and Research Reports, June 2018–May 2019 (PDF 11.1MB)

This year the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts welcomed fellows from China, Georgia, Italy, Nigeria, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The topics of their research ranged from forgery and counterforgery in early modern Chinese art to the fifteenth-century Veronese painter Pisanello, from representations of Napoleon Bonaparte in French visual culture to agency in nineteenth-century Dakhóta art, and from transformation of Iberian images of the Virgin in early colonial Lima to fabric architecture of the imperial court in the late Ottoman empire. Read more

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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.

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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

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 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.