Irving Lavin

Irving Lavin, Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies, joined the Institute Faculty in 1973. One of America’s most distinguished art historians, he has written extensively on the history of art from late antiquity to modern times. His interests have focused primarily on the correlation between form and meaning in the visual arts. 

This essay was first presented in Italian in a dialogue with the physicist Tullio Regge, former Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, as the fifth episode in a television series “Dietro lo Specchio,” broadcast...

Volume III of Visible Spirit: The Art of Gianlorenzo Bernini (Pindar Press, 2013) by Irving Lavin, Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies, has been published. This final volume completes a...

The radical nature of Flexner’s twinning of science and humanism with truth and beauty arose in part from the radical nature of his concept for a “modern” university by which he meant a university devoted exclusively to the pursuit of higher learning for its own sake and without regard to practical value.

The splendid portrait of Erwin Panofsky, late Professor in the School of Historical Studies, installed in the Institute’s Historical Studies–Social Science Library, was commissioned from Philip Pearlstein in 1993. The portrait was the result of a...

Pindar Press has just published the first volume of the collected works of Irving Lavin, Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies. Visible Spirit: the Art of Gianlorenzi Bernini (2007), brings his far-reaching...

One of the final privileges to which members of the Faculty at the Institute accede as they approach retirement, is that of suggesting to their colleagues the names of possible successors. I was the third in the series of art historians,...

Irving Lavin, Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies, has authored Caravaggio e La Tour. La...