Enfilade, Venetian Painting, Remembering David Rosand

Sally Grant   New York

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Here is an item from a recent issue of the newsletter Enfilade that will interest ACIS readers (Enfilade is edited by the tireless and ineffably charming Craig Hanson who keeps everyone in eighteenth-century studies, especially art and architecture, informed about what is going on in the way of exhibitions, conferences and publications). It signals the opening this week of a Venetian painting exhibition, In Light of Venice: Venetian Painting in Honor of David Rosand, at the Otto Naumann Gallery, New York, which lasts until 12 February 2016. The title recalls the distinguished art historian of Renaissance Venice who died in 2014 and in whose honour a new Italian professorship is to be established at Columbia University. Some of the profits from the exhibition will be donated to the David Rosand Tribute Fund at the university to support the position.

As the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History at Columbia University, Rosand was an inspirational teacher, but for those who did not have the fortune of hearing him lecture his books were invaluable for gaining an understanding of the art of Venice. That was certainly the case for me as an undergraduate at the University of Sydney, where my eyes were opened to the glories of Venetian painting in large part through Rosand’s writings. Further details on his work at Columbia and the Tribute Campaign can be found here, and there is a warm in memoriam piece to Rosand on the College Art Association website.

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