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Press Release

The 72nd A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts
Vital Signs: The Visual Cultures of Maya Writing
Stephen D. Houston, Brown University

The lectures will be held over six consecutive Sundays between April 16 and May 21, 2023.

Press Release

2022–2023 Academic Year Appointments
“One of our largest classes on record, this year’s members represent the future of art history scholarship,” said Steven Nelson, dean of the Center. “Their research will further our collective understanding of artistic histories that have been traditionally underexplored.” 

Raymond Saunders, Red Star, 19701970

New Videos

The 71st A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts
Colorstruck! Painting, Pigment, Affect
Richard J. Powell, Duke University

View the lecture playlist on YouTube here.

Henry Moore, Three Motives Against Wall, Number 1, 19581958

New Video

Reflections on the Collection
Does Sculpture Need a Building? Penelope Curtis on Henry Moore
Penelope Curtis, 2021 Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor

Recent Publication

Chinese Art and Dynastic Time
Wu Hung, April 2022

Part of the Bollingen Series of Princeton University Press, this publication follows Hung’s 2019 presentation of the 68th A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts.

Recent Lecture

Wyeth Lecture in American Art
Prioritizing Indigenous Communities and Voices: Curating in This Time
Patricia Marroquin Norby, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Recent Lecture

Sydney J. Freedberg Lecture on Italian Art
“More perfect and excellent than men”: The Women Artists of Bologna
Babette Bohn, Texas Christian University

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Recent Publication

Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the ModernMary Beard, October 2021

What does the face of power look like? Who gets commemorated in art and why? And how do we react to statues of politicians we deplore? In this book—against a background of today’s “sculpture wars”—Mary Beard tells the story of how for more than two millennia portraits of the rich, powerful, and famous in the Western world have been shaped by the image of Roman emperors.

Part of the Bollingen Series of Princeton University Press, this publication follows Beard’s 2011 presentation of the 60th A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts.

Recent Annual Report

Center 41: Record of Activities and Research Reports, June 2020–May 2021

This year the Center welcomed fellows in residence affiliated with institutions in the United States and United Kingdom. Fellowships were virtual, with members offered the option to either safely relocate to housing provided in Washington, DC, or remain remote, whichever benefited their research. The fellows joined us virtually from across the United States, Europe, and Asia. 

Website Redesign

History of Early American Landscape Design (HEALD)

We invite you to explore the redesigned website for the History of Early American Landscape Design (HEALD) project. With thousands of texts and citations and around 1,700 images, HEALD is an inquiry into the language of early American landscape aesthetics and garden design. Considerable changes were made to improve the site’s navigation and exploration, including the dynamic new Image Collection. Encouraging a contextualized approach to data analysis, HEALD allows you to search, read, sort, and parse. The project is built on the open-source platform MediaWiki, with custom code freely available for re-use. 



The 69th 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

Dates to be announced.