Prof. Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann

Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology
Renaissance and Baroque Art
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1977

Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann teaches courses concerning art and architecture of the sixteenth to the eighteenth century in Europe and its relations with other parts of the world. Among his seminars are classes on the literature of art, old master drawings, Central European Art, and global exchange in art. Professor Kaufmann has recently been advising students on dissertations on the on Renaissance art in Japan, on seventeenth-century poets and painters in Silesia, on Swedish seventeenth-century architecture, and on architectural theory in late eighteenth-century Poland, and on Puncinello themes in the art of G. B. Tiepolo. Kaufmann is also on the Millard Meiss Publication Fund of the College Association. Professor Kaufmann continues to serve on the board of directors of the College Art Association, and is a member of the CAA Conference and Nominating Committees. He is also a member of the board of the Historians of Central European and German Art, and was a respondent in a session sponsored by this organization at the Annual Meeting of the College Art Association held in February 2006. During the academic year 2005-2006 he was chair of Art History Development Committee for Advanced Placement Art History. He is a member of the National Committee of Historians of Art; in April, 2006 he was co-chair of a colloquium of the International Congress of the History of Art held in Malibu and Los Angeles, and he is co-chair of a session to be held at the quadrennial meeting of the Congress in Melbourne, Australia, in 2008. He will also chair a session of the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America to be held in Miami in 2006. He conducted a national seminar for dissertation writers held at the Getty Center. He also serves as a selector for the fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Radcliffe Institute. In autumn 2005 he gave the Oskar Halecki Lecture in the Supreme Court Building in Leipzig, Germany: this lecture will be published soon as a booklet. He also lectured at the Bard College Graduate Program, the Institute of Fine Arts, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, all in New York, and at Florida State University and the University of Southern California. In summer 2006 he gave plenary lectures at conferences held at York and Oxford universities, England; in Tallinn, Estonia; and Copenhagen, Denmark. He also lectured at the National Museum, Stockholm, and the University of Uppsala, Sweden. Kaufmann has received the F. Palacky Honorary medal for Social Sciences of the Czech Academy of Sciences, which is their highest recognition.

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In 2004 Professor Kaufmann published three books:

In 2005 he published:

During the academic year 2005-2006 he also published thirteen articles, book chapters, and book reviews on topics ranging from cultural transfer in Peru to Netherlandish art in Poland.


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