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In Memoriam | Jonathan Brown (1939–2022)

Posted in obituaries by Editor on January 19, 2022

NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts mourns the loss of Jonathan Brown, who passed away at his home in Princeton, New Jersey on January 17, 2022, at the age of 82. Jonathan first joined the Institute in 1973 as its Director, a position he held for five years. He remained at the Institute as the Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Fine Arts until his retirement in 2017. A distinguished colleague and world-renowned scholar of Spanish and Viceregal Mexican art, his contributions to the field will live on for generations to come through his students and his noteworthy publications. Edward Sullivan, Robert Lubar-Messeri, and Richard Kagan have written a remembrance available here. A celebration of Jonathan’s life and work is planned for later in the spring.

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  1. Michael Yonan said, on January 20, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    His scholarship meant a lot to me as a graduate student, especially the co-authored A Palace for a King, on the Buen Retiro, Madrid. When I teach Las Meninas in the introductory survey, it is largely his reading of that painting, and not Foucault’s, that I present to students. RIP.


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