The 64th Annual A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts by Professor Thomas Crow are now available online

Restoration as Event and Idea: Art in Europe, 1814-1820
Thomas Crow, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University 
Sixty-Fourth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts 
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC


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Watch on the National Gallery of Art's Website:

Jacques-Louis DavidPart 1: Moscow Burns/The Pope Comes Home, 1812-1814: David, Gros, and Ingres Test Empire's FacadeOpen link in new window
Part 2: At the Service of Kings, Madrid and Paris, 1814: Aging Goya and Upstart Gericault Face Their RestorationsOpen link in new window
Part 3: Cut Loose, 1815-1817: Napoleon Returns, David Crosses Borders, and Gericault Wanders Outcast RomeOpen link in new window
Part 4: The Religion of Ancient Art from London to Paris to Rome, 1815-1819: Canova and Lawrence Replenish Papal SplendorOpen link in new window
Part 5: The Laboratory of Brussels, 1816-1819: The Apprentice Navez and the Master David Redraw the Language of ArtOpen link in new window
Part 6: Redemption in Rome and Paris, 1818-1820: Ingres Revives the Chivalric while Gericault Recovers the DispossessedOpen link in new window

Image credit: Jacques-Louis David, The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries, 1812, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Samuel H. Kress Collection

About the A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts

Since 1949, the A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts have presented the best in contemporary thought and scholarship on the subject of the fine arts to the people of the United States. The program itself is named for Andrew W. Mellon, founder of the National Gallery of Art, who gave the nation his art collection and funds to build the West Building, which opened to the public in 1941.

Past speakers have included Sir Kenneth Clark, T. J. Clark, E. H. Gombrich, Michael Fried, Mary Miller, Helen Vendler, and Irene Winter. For more information about this leture series, please visit the National Gallery's website.