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A Generous Vision II: Samuel H. Kress Professors, 1995–2016
Edited by Therese O'Malley, with an introduction by Elizabeth Cropper, 2016

Published on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, this volume updates A Generous Vision: Samuel H. Kress Professors, 1965–1995. This new record of achievement for the years 1995–2016 is intended to reflect the previous volume in spirit and structure, with a short reminiscence about each Kress Professor by someone who was in residence as a young scholar at the Center during the professor’s term. PDF of publication (15MB)


The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professorship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts: Reflections on the First Twelve Years
Elizabeth Cropper, with a foreword by Earl A. Powell III, 2014

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. This publication celebrates the first twelve years of the professorship and profiles the professors in residence from 2003–2014. PDF of publication (7.2MB)


Art History in Latin America: Reports of the Latin American Fellowship Program, 1994–2000
Introduction by Therese O'Malley, 2003

The Latin American Fellowship Program began in 1994 as the first major research collaboration of the Association of Research Institutes in Art History (ARIAH). It concluded with the publication of this research report. The program was intended to provide research opportunities at ARIAH-member and other North American institutions for scholars from Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Over a six-year period, eighteen fellows were hosted by eight of ARIAH’s then eighteen member institutions and made trips to more than sixty institutions throughout North America and Italy, where they forged professional ties with colleagues. The ARIAH consortium provided an unrivaled network of research opportunities, affording fellows mobility among institutions and combined resources stronger than those available at any single institution. Copublished by the National Gallery of Art and the Association of Research Institutes in Art History. PDF of publication (34.9MB)


The A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts: Fifty Years
Introduction by Elizabeth Cropper, 2002

The A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts were established by the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Art on December 6, 1949. Inspired by Paul and Mary Mellon, they were intended to bring to the people of the United States the results of the best contemporary thought and scholarship bearing upon the subject of the fine arts. The first lectures were delivered by Jacques Maritain in 1952. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the acclaimed series, the Center published this richly illustrated documentary volume. In her introduction Elizabeth Cropper tells the story of the realization of the Gallery’s vision for the series. Short essays by a distinguished group of contemporary scholars discuss the first fifty lecturers, ranging from Jacques Maritain to Salvatore Settis (2001) and including such influential speakers as Anthony Blunt (1958), Kenneth Clark (1953), H. W. Janson (1974), E. H. Gombrich (1956), Kathleen Raine (1962), Jacques Barzun (1973), and Arthur Danto (1995); their fields of expertise; and the subject matter and historical contexts of their talks. These graceful and balanced assessments, which are supplemented by photographic portraits and brief curricula vitae, provide a vivid sense of the significance of the lectureship and its participants through commentary, critique, and lively personal anecdotes. Published by the National Gallery of Art and distributed by Yale University Press.


A Generous Vision: Samuel H. Kress Professors, 1965–1995
Edited by Elizabeth Pendleton Streicher, 1995

A Generous Vision celebrates the history of the Samuel H. Kress Professorship at the National Gallery of Art. It provides summary accounts of the thirty-two illustrious scholars who held the professorship through 1995 and lists predoctoral fellows in residence during their respective tenures. Concise memoirs written by former fellows record personal impressions and recollections testifying to the professors’ leadership and inspiration to the field. The Samuel H. Kress Foundation began a partnership with the Center, when it was established in 1979, as an extension of its support to the National Gallery of Art since 1965. An annual grant supports a Kress Professor, two senior fellows, and two predoctoral fellows, whose research projects focus on topics in the history of European art before the early nineteenth century. PDF of publication (9.4MB)


Sponsored Research in the History of Art
Volumes 1–13
Edited by Claire Richter Sherman, 1981–1994

This thirteen-volume series provides an annual record of research projects in the history of art and related disciplines sponsored by public and private foundations around the world during the period 1980–1994.


Antoine Watteau (1684–1721): The Painter, His Age, and His Legend
Edited by François Moureau and Margaret Morgan Grasselli, 1987

This volume is a collection of papers presented at an international conference, cosponsored by the Center and the École du Louvre, held in Paris on October 29–31, 1984. The contributors are an international group of Watteau scholars and students of the period that includes the end of the reign of Louis XIV and the Régence. The essays consider theater, the arts, dance, music, and fashion from Watteau’s time, enabling us to understand better the artist’s milieu, what he took from it, what he contributed to it, and also how the “myth” of Watteau was created. Published by Champion-Slatkine.


Emilian Painting of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: A Symposium
Introduction by Henry A. Millon, 1987

The National Gallery of Art exhibition The Age of Correggio and the Carracci: Emilian Painting of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (December 1986–January 1987) provided an opportunity to study works that reside in diverse collections or that had been newly discovered or recently attributed to Emilian painters. This publication resulted from a symposium held on January 29–30, 1987, which brought together an international group of speakers and participants to discuss topics from attribution to the foundations of the reform of painting and style in early modern Emilia.