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Margaret Grasselli

Visiting Lecturer on History of Art and Architecture
Visiting Senior Scholar for Drawings, Harvard Art Museums
Margaret Morgan Grasselli is Visiting Lecturer in the department of History of Art and Architecture and Visiting Senior Scholar for Drawings in the Harvard Art Museums. Having been introduced to drawings as an undergraduate at Harvard, she has had the great good fortune to have been able to place them at the center of her studies and profession ever since. A pre-doctoral Samuel H. Kress fellowship took her to the National Gallery in Washington in 1980, where she then stayed for the next forty years, thirty as curator of old master drawings. Although her specialty is French drawings, and especially those of the eighteenth century, she was responsible for all European drawings in the NGA collections, from the Middle Ages to 1900. During her tenure there she organized or co-organized numerous exhibitions, including among others, Watteau,1684-1721 (1984; with the Louvre, Paris, and Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin); The Touch of the Artist: Master Drawings from the Woodner Collection (1995); The Drawings of Annibale Carracci (1999); Private Treasures: Four Centuries of European Master Drawings (2007; with the Morgan Library & Museum, New York); Renaissance to Revolution: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Art (2009); Italian Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, 1525-1835 (2011); The McCrindle Gift: A Distinguished Collection of Drawings and Watercolors (2012); Color, Line, Light: French Drawings, Watercolors, and Pastels from Delacroix to Signac (2012; with the Musée des impressionismes, Giverny); and Hubert Robert (2016, with the Louvre, Paris). She edited, co-edited, wrote, or co-wrote the accompanying catalogues for all these shows. She has also published numerous articles and reviews.

A collateral field of interest for Meg is French color printmaking of the eighteenth century, and in 2003 she organized a comprehensive exhibition, with catalogue, on these under-appreciated works at the National Gallery of Art: Colorful Impressions: The Print Revolution in Eighteenth-Century France. She is currently in the process of serving as co-editor of a forthcoming volume, Printing Colour, 1700-1830 (Proceedings of the British Academy). Meg is also an associate editor of the scholarly journal Master Drawings, a position she has held since 2005.