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Professor Neil Levine awarded the Médaille de l'Histoire de l'art by the Académie d'Architecture

July 20, 2018

The Académie d’Architecture started life in 1840 as the Société Central des Architectes (SCA). This was three years after its analogue in England, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and seventeen years before the American Institute of Architects. The SCA changed its name to the Académie d’Architecture in 1953. All three are the leading professional organizations in their countries, but the name Académie sets the French one apart as more a learned society than a professional organization.

Professor Levine was awarded the medal in June and was kind enough to...

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David J. Roxburgh: Painting after the Mass-Produced Image. Bryn Mawr

March 7, 2018

Department Chair
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic Art History, Harvard University

“Painting After the Mass-Produced Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran”

Rulers of the Qajar dynasty (1779-1925) in Iran pursued a broad range of military, bureaucratic and social reforms, formed new institutions—including the first polytechnic (Dar al-Funun, “Abode of the Sciences”), and embraced new technologies of the mass-produced image (photography and lithography). It was also a period of heightened exchange between Iran, India, Russia and the...

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Exhibition - Rome: Eternal City

January 20, 2018

On View

University Teaching Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

Rome, known as the “common fatherland,” was the goal of pilgrims, travelers, and artists from all over Europe. One of the most celebrated was Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778), a Venetian who spent his entire career in Rome. He produced on average two etchings a month (fourteen are featured in this installation), and his image of Roman grandeur left an indelible stamp on the European imagination. His vedute (city views), meant for Grand...

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Exhibition - Looking Back: The Western Tradition in Retrospect

January 20, 2018

On View

University Teaching Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

The history of art is usually presented as a forward march, with individual works studied as points along a path of progress to the present. This installation—matching the Harvard survey course it accompanies—reverses that familiar direction. The sequence proceeds from recent art back to the Renaissance. This retrospective history of art is meant to capture the point of view of artists themselves, who have, for generations, tried—variously—to preserve...

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