This April 12, 2013 celebration honored the scholarly work and image collections of the history of art faculty whose life-long work has helped to make the collections what they are today: (l to r above) Professors Ilene Forsyth, Diane Kirkpatrick, and Richard Edwards. Not picture is the late David Huntington.
By naming the collections after the faculty who created them, we honored those whose work took them around the world to document art represented in everything from museums to monuments to caves. This visual documentation is precious and unique. The scholarly value of the collection has been greatly enriched by these exceptional contributions.
The Importance of Imagery in Teaching Art History
Diane Kirkpatrick's Collection
Romanesque Collection by Ilene Forsyth
David Huntington's Collection
The Palace Collection by Richard Edwards
About the emeriti faculty collections:
Richard Edwards, Professor Emeritus of Far Eastern Art
Richard Edwards not only managed to create a permanent home for The Palace Collection here at the VRC, but donated thousands of images of his own taken throughout his travels to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He was also instrumental in encouraging Dr. Kozo Sasaki to donate his collection of teaching imagery to the VRC.
Ilene Forsyth, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Emerita of the History of Art
Ilene Forsyth created the Romanesque Collection of 5,500 study photographs illustrating the French monuments focusing on Romanesque sculpture. This browsing collection allows students and scholars to compare the intricate details of these landmark pieces. She also supports the ongoing research in her late husband George Forsyth’s ground-breaking documentation of St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula.
David Huntington, Professor of History of Art (deceased)
David Huntington contributed tens of thousands of slides taken during his research on Frederic Edwin Church. He was also instrumental in the saving of the Church’s Olana estate. Making widely available his skillful detail shots will provide much scholarly research for years to come.
Diane Kirkpatrick, Arthur F Thurnau Professor and Professor Emerita of History of Art
The more than 30,000 images collected by Diane Kirkpatrick are being processed for greater access. This collection, painstakingly identified by Professor Kirkpatrick, represents the best of the modern art field at its critical expansion of art and technology. They are richly taken and were created through her personal relationships in the art world. The images are interdisciplinary and provide research in other areas, such as Judaic, African-American, and women’s studies.