Catherine Scallen

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

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 the the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities in 2013, and served as department chair from 2011 to 2017. Prof. Scallen has published articles and catalogue essays on various topics in the art of Rembrandt, the history of Old Master painting connoisseurship and the art market, and on seventeenth-century Flemish drawings, nineteenth-century French paintings, and American photography. In 2016 she became a founding member of the International Association for Art Market Studies. 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 in the first half of the twentieth century.

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