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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 presents the video and audio series Reflections on the Collection: The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professors at the National Gallery of Art. In this series of short presentations, Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professors share their personal insights into the National Gallery of Art’s permanent collection, taking a closer look at their favorite works inside gallery spaces.

The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professorship was created in 2002 to bring to the National Gallery of Art and CASVA for a period of months a colleague of international reputation whose presence inspires collaboration in research efforts across the Gallery, forging new relationships. Each of these distinguished visitors contributes to the passing on of knowledge and experience to an emerging generation of scholars, curators, and conservation scientists through meetings, both formal and informal, designed by the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor and CASVA in collaboration with Gallery staff. For more information on the Safra professorship, see the CASVA publication on its first 12 years (PDF 7.2MB).

Archibald John Motley Jr., Portrait of My Grandmother, 19221922

Richard J. Powell on Archibald J. Motley Jr., Portrait of My Grandmother (1922)
Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor, 2019

Watch / Listen (Recorded on March 20, 2019)

Winslow Homer, Boys Wading, 18731873

Kathleen A. Foster on Winslow Homer, Boys Wading (1873)
Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor, 2015

Watch / Listen (Recorded on July 22, 2016)

Domenico Veneziano, Saint John in the Desert, c. 1445/1450c. 1445/1450

Carl Brandon Strehlke on Domenico Veneziano, Saint John in the Desert (c. 1445/1450)
Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor, 2005

Watch / Listen (Recorded on April 5, 2016)

Leopold Flameng, Rembrandt van Rijn, Portrait of a Man (Le Doreur), published 1885published 1885

Stephen Bann on Léopold Flameng, Portrait of a Man (Le Doreur), after Rembrandt van Rijn (1885)
Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor, 2005

Watch / Listen (Recorded on November 3, 2015)

Piet Mondrian, Tableau No. IV; Lozenge Composition with Red, Gray, Blue, Yellow, and Black, c. 1924/1925c. 1924/1925

Nancy J. Troy on Piet Mondrian, Tableau No. IV: Lozenge Composition with Red, Gray, Blue, Yellow, and Black (c. 1924/1925)
Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor, 2008

Watch / Listen (Recorded on November 3, 2015)

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Two Women at a Window, c. 1655/1660c. 1655/1660

Victor Stoichita on Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Two Women at a Window (c. 1655/1660)
Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor, 2011

Watch / Listen (Recorded on November 5, 2015)

Annibale Carracci, River Landscape, c. 1590c. 1590

Carel van Tuyll van Serooskerken on Annibale and Agostino Carracci, River Landscapes (c. 1590/1595)
Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor, 2004

Watch / Listen (Recorded on November 5, 2015)

John Robert Cozens, Cetara on the Gulf of Salerno, 17901790

Anna Ottani Cavina on John Robert Cozens, Cetara on the Gulf of Salerno (1790)
Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor, 2014

Watch / Listen (Recorded on November 5, 2015)

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

Jacqueline Lichtenstein on Edgar Degas, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen (1878–1881)
Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor, 2011–2012

Watch / Listen (Recorded on November 3, 2015)