Catherine Scallen

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, Associate Professor and Chair of Art History and Art

Mather House 103

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Degree: Ph.D. Princeton University. 1990
M.A. Williams College
B.A. Wellesley College

Professor Scallen is a specialist in Northern Renaissance and Baroque art, especially the art of Rembrandt van Rijn, and the history of connoisseurship and the art market in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  After obtaining her doctorate at Princeton University, she conducted research on Dutch paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (then in Malibu) as a Graduate Fellow in the Paintings Department. Earlier, at Williams she co-curated a traveling exhibition, “Cubism and American Photography, 1910-1930,” and worked for the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute. From 1992 to 1995 she taught at Fairfield University in Connecticut.

First arriving at Case Western Reserve University in 1991-92 as a visiting assistant professor of art history, she rejoined the Case Western Reserve University faculty full time in 1995 and was tenured in 2001. She became chair of the Department of Art History and Art in January 2010 and the Andrew W. Mellon Associate Professor in the Humanities in 2013. Prof. Scallen has published articles and catalogue essays on various topics in the art of Rembrandt and the history of Old Master painting connoisseurship, as well as on seventeenth-century Flemish drawings, nineteenth-century French paintings, and American photography. Her book, Rembrandt, Reputation, and the Practice of Connoisseurship (Amsterdam University Press, 2004), traced the development of modern Rembrandt connoisseurship in the formative period from 1890 to 1935 as a study in the professionalization of art-historical practices. Prof. Scallen has made two recorded courses for the Great Courses Company, “Art of the Northern Renaissance” and “Museum Masterpieces: The National Gallery of Art, London.” She is currently at work on a book project focusing on the museum professionals who served as expert connoisseurs for the Duveen art firm.

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