Irving Lavin

Irving Lavin
Art History
Professor Emeritus
School of Historical Studies

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Irving Lavin is 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. His numerous books on Italian painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Renaissance and Baroque periods include Bernini and the Crossing of St. Peter’s (1968); Bernini and the Unity of the Visual Arts (1980); Past-Present: Essays on Historicism in Art from Donatello to Picasso (1993); Santa Maria del Fiore: Il Duomo di Firenze e la Vergine Incinta (1999); and Caravaggio e La Tour: La Luce Occulta di Dio (2000). The first two volumes of a projected six-volume edition of his collected works have been published as Visible Spirit: The Art of Gianlorenzo Bernini (2007–09), while the third volume has appeared as Bernini at St. Peters: The Pilgrimage (2012). A gathering of his essays on modern art has appeared in Italian as L’Arte della storia dell’arte (2008).

Harvard University, Ph.D. 1955; Harvard University, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Senior Research Fellow 1957–59; Vassar College, Faculty 1959–61; Senior Fulbright Scholar, Italy, 1961–63; Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, Faculty 1963–73; Institute for Advanced Study, Professor 1973–2001, Professor Emeritus 2001–; Guggenheim Fellowship 1968–69; Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome, Socio Straniero; American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow; University of Oxford, Slade Lectures 1985; National Gallery of Art, Andrew W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts 2004; College Art Association of America, Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize 1959, 1962, and 1968; Tricentennial Medal Commemorating the Death of Gianlorenzo Bernini, City of Rome, 1980; Premio Daria Borghese, Rome, 1981; University of Pisa, Premio Internazionale “Galileo Galilei” 2005

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