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Barbara von Barghahn-Calvetti Faculty Member


Barbara von Barghahn received her MA and PhD from New York University, Institute of Fine Arts and her BA from the University of Iowa. At George Washington University, Professor von Barghahn has specialized in the fields of Northern Renaissance and Northern Baroque art, Spanish and Portuguese art, and Latin-Luso American Colonial art. In 1993 President Mario Soares of Portugal conferred on her the status of O Grão Comendador (Knight Commander) of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator. She is the recent recipient of a publishing grant from Lisbon’s prestigious Instituto de Camões and was primary investigator for past grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Luso-American Foundation, the National Commission for the Commemoration of Portuguese Discoveries, the U.S. Spanish Joint Committee for Educational and Cultural Cooperation, the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States Universities, and Spain’s National Commission for the Columbus Quincentenary. The academic year of 2012-2013 she was a GWU Mount Vernon Fellow. Professor von Barghahn is author of peer-reviewed books: Jan van Eyck and Portugal’s “Illustrious Generation” (Pindar Press, London, 2013-15), 2 vols.; Age of Gold, Age of Iron: Renaissance Spain and Symbols of Monarchy (University Press of American: Lanham, 1986), 2 vols.; Philip IV and the "Golden House" of the Buen Retiro: In the Tradition of Caesar, 2 vols. (Garland Press: New York-London, 1986). She has contributed peer-reviewed articles (The Court Historian: The International Journal of Court Studies- Special Issue; Kennesaw State University Journal of Global Initiatives, Oxford University Press, Apollo Magazine, Gazette des Beaux-Arts, Latin American Arts Magazine, Tradición Revista, Pantheon); as well as essays to books: "Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait and Copies after his Toilette of Two Women: Recollections of the Alhambra’s Constellation Halls, the Hamman and Islamic Alchemy" in Making Copies: Models, Artists and Patrons in the Renaissance, Shifting Tastes, Modes of Transmission, and Changing Contexts (Brill Publishers, Leiden-Boston: Studies on Art, Art History, and Intellectual History); Archivo do Centro Cultural Português (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 1986); The Struggle for Synthesis. The Total Work of Art in the 17th and 18th Centuries (Instituto Português do Património Arquitectónico e Arqueologico, 1999); The Holy Family in Art and Devotion (St. Joseph’s University Press, 1998); “Beyond Danäe’s Tower to Andromeda’s Palace: The Queen’s Image in Long Galleries of Spain and Portugal (1500-1800),” in Europaïsche Galeriebauten: Galleries in a Comparative European Perspective (Rome: Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte), 2008. She is serving as Chief Editor at Oxford University Press (Religion and the Arts: Spain, Portugal, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America) and has served as contributing editor to the Handbook of Latin American Studies (Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, University of Texas Press, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2006). In 2011, Professor von Barghahn was the curatorial advisor to the National Gallery of Art exhibition, The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries, which traveled to museums in Dallas and San Diego. Among various exhibition catalogues, she has been a primary contributor to Temples of Gold, Crown of Silver: Reflections of Majesty in the Viceregal Americas (curator: The OAS Art Museum of the Americas, GWU Dimock Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 1991); The Sacred and the Profane: Josefa de Óbidos of Portugal (1630-1684) (co-curator, National Museum of Women in the Arts-London European Academy for the Arts); The Holy Family as Prototype of the Civilization of Love: Images from the Viceregal Americas (co-curator, Philadelphia: St. Joseph's University, 1996). Organizer of two large international conferences on Spain and Portugal (OAS and GWU, 1992 and 1992), Professor von Barghahn is former vice president of the Board of Directors, The Organization of American States' Friends of the Museum of the Americas (1991 1993), consultant to the Fulbright Commission Senior Fellowship Committee 1990 1992; member of the Executive Board of the Foundation for the Advancement of Hispanic Americans (1989). By invitation she has lectured at several museums and cultural institutions in the United States and in Europe.

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