Through a generous gift to the UNC Arts and Sciences Foundation, William G. Rand established this lecture series in memory of his late wife, Bettie Allison Rand. This funding allows the Department of Art to bring one or more eminent art historians to UNC-CH every other year for residencies of various lengths. While they are in Chapel Hill, these scholars present a series of lectures and interact with undergraduate and graduate art history and studio art students. Following the campus visit, the scholars prepare a manuscript, which is then published by the UNC Press as part of the Rand Series of art history publications.

Published Books include:

The Intelligence of Art by Thomas Crow
Inventing the Renaissance Putto by Charles Dempsey
Inventions of the Studio, Renaissance to Romanticism, edited by Michael Cole and Mary Pardo
Myths of Venice. The Figuration of a State by David Rosand
Painterly Enlightenment: The Art of Franz Anton Maulbertsch, 1724-1796 by Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann
Vision, Reflection and Desire in Western Painting by David Summers
Victims and Villains in Vasari’s Lives by Andrew Ladis
Cultural Contact and the Making of European Art since the Age of Exploration, edited by Mary D. Sheriff
David to Delacroix: The Rise of Romantic Mythology by Dorothy Johnson

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Recent Rand Lectures

2018: Taking Exception: Women, Gender, Representation in the Eighteenth Century

A Symposium in Honor of Mary D. Sheriff

2017: The Force of Images in Fifteenth-Century Italy: Andrea Mantegna

Stephen J. Campbell, Johns Hopkins University

“Seeing in detail: the lost logic of 15th century painting”
“St. Zeno’s Gaze: The Altarpiece as Place/Portal/Screen”
“Painting, Writing, and Presence”
“Painting as Object and Meta-object”

Spring 2016: British Landscape Painting in the Age of Revolution: Romanticism, Naturalism, and the Decline of Deference

Andrew Hemingway, Professor Emeritus of Art History at University College London

“Naturalistic Landscape Painting and the Decline of Deference”
“The Artisanal Worldview in the Paintings of John Crome”
“Constable’s Meanings: Iconography and the Aesthetic”
“The Field of Waterloo Exposed: Turner, Byron, and the Politics of Reaction”

Spring 2015: Encounters in European Art, 1300-1850

“A Tale of Two Cities: Manuel Chrysoloras’ account of Rome and New Rome,” Paroma Chatterjee, University of Michigan

“Activating the Past: Pietro de Zorzi’s Maria Orans in San Marco, Venice,” Benjamin Paul, Rutgers University

“The Death of Aztec Tenochtitlan, the Life of Mexico City,” Barbara E. Mundy, Fordham University

“Sensorial Luxuries, Botanical Fantasies, and Global Exchange: The Porcelain Room at Aranjuez,” Tara Zanardi, Hunter College

“The East Indian Cries of London,” Zirwat Chowdhury, Reed College

“History Repeats Itself in Jean-Léon Gérôme’s Reception of the Siamese Ambassadors at Fontainebleau,” Meredith Martin, New York University

Fall 2011-Fall 2013Arrayed in Splendor: Art, Fashion, and Textiles in Early Modern Europe

“Disclosure and Concealment in the Art of Lorenzo Lotto”, Paul Hills, Courtauld Institute of Art

“Brilliant Appearances: Spanish Court Costume and Its Pictorial Representation”, Birgitt Borkopp-Restle, Bern University, Switzerland

“Virtue and Vice: Clothing and Kingship at the Courts of Charles I and Charles II (1625-1685),” Maria Hayward, University of Southampton, UK

“Clothing for a Marriage Made in Heaven: The Role of Textiles in Ecclesiastical Consecration Rites,” Evelin Wetter, Abegg-Stiftung, Riggisberg, Switzerland

“All That Glitters: Cloth of Gold as a Vehicle for Display (1300-1600),” Lisa Monnas, London

“The Clothes, The Palace, The Court: Images of Power in 16th Century Florence,” Roberta Orsi Landini, Florence

“Strange Fashions and Bourgeois Splendour: The Costume Books of Matthaeus and Veit Konrad Schwarz,” Ulinka Rublack, University of Cambridge

“Medieval and Renaissance Tapestries,” Katja Schmitz-von Ledebur, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Fall 2010-Spring 2011Works of Memory in Northern Renaissance and Baroque Art

“Albrecht Durer as Collector”, Jeffrey Chipps Smith, Kay Forston Chair in European History, University of Texas at Austin

“Acts of Discernment: Gallery Pictures, Knowledge, and Self-Knowledge in the 17th Century and Now”, Lisa Rosenthal, Associate Professor and Chair, Art History Program, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“Memories of Catastrophe: Pieter Bruegel and G. B. Piranesi”, Peter Parshall

Fall 2008: “David to Delacoix: The Rise of Romantic Mythology”, Dorothy Johnson, Roy J. Carver Professor of Art History, University of Iowa

Fall 2006: “Cultural Contact and the Making of European Art”: A Series of Six Lectures:

Claire Farago, Visiting Wiley Professor of Renaissance Art, UNC-CH

Christopher Johns, Vanderbilt University

Elisabeth Fraser, University of South Florida

Carol Mavor, UNC-CH

Lyneise Williams, UNC-CH

Julie Hochstrasser, University of Iowa

Fall 2003: “Painting and Optics from Antiquity to Leonardo da Vinci” David Summers, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Art History, University of Virginia

Spring 2003: “Painterly Enlightenment: Franz Anton Maulbertsch” Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Princeton University

Photos of Panelists from the 2015 Rand Symposium: