Champaign, Illinois, United States
Irving studied Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
1 Brookings Dr, St. Louis, MO 63130, United States
In 1949, he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
The Old Schools, Trinity Ln, Cambridge CB2 1TN, United Kingdom
In 1949, Lavin studied at the University of Cambridge, where Bertrand Russell was his mentor.
New York, 10003, United States
In 1952, Lavin graduated from New York University with a Master of Arts degree.
In 1953, Lavin obtained a Master of Arts degree from Harvard University. Later, in 1955, he received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the same university.
136 Irving Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States
In 1978, he became a fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
(A fascinating exploration of art from the Renaissance to ...)
A fascinating exploration of art from the Renaissance to modern times by one of America's most distinguished art historians. Focusing on specific masterpieces like Michelangelo's David, Bernini's image of the Sun King and Picasso's lithographs of bulls, Lavin addresses creations, that seek to define the present expressly in terms of the past.
(Three essays explore three great masterworks of European ...)
Three essays explore three great masterworks of European art, that visualize the relationship between spiritual and physical love, expressed passionately and graphically in the biblical Song of Songs.
Initially, Irving studied Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Then, Lavin enrolled at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a student of Horst W. Janson. In 1949, Irving graduated from the university with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
In 1949, Lavin also studied at the University of Cambridge, where Bertrand Russell was his mentor. Later, Irving entered New York University, graduating with a Master of Arts degree in 1952. There, he was a student and assistant of Walter Friedländer, Richard Offner and Erwin Panofsky.
In 1953, Lavin obtained his second Master of Arts degree, this time from Harvard University. Later, at the same university, Irving wrote his doctoral thesis on "The Bozzetti of Gianlorenzo Bernini" under John Coolidge and received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1955.
In his lifetime, Irving also studied art in Rome, Italy.
During the period from 1955 till 1957, Lavin served in the United States Army as an assistant for the Human Resources Research Office, Continental Army Command, at Fort Monroe, Virginia. Between 1957-1959, he was a senior fellow at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Center in Washington, D.C.
In 1957, Lavin also served as a Matthews Lecturer at Columbia University in New York City. In 1959, he started to work as a lecturer in art history at Vassar College, where he remained until 1962. From 1963 till 1973, Irving held a post of an associate professor of art history at New York University.
In 1973, Lavin was appointed a professor of historical studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 1975, he started to act as a member of the National Committee for the History of Art and as an alternate member of Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art. The same year, in 1975, Irving held a post of Franklin Jasper Walls Lecturer at Pierpont Morgan's Library in New York City. In 1976, he was taken on board of directors of the College Art Association.
Also, in the late 1970's-mid-1980's, he played a major role in the creation of three new research institutes: the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles; the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, Canada.
During the period from 1985 till 1986, Irving gave Thomas Spencer Jerome Lectures at the University of Michigan and the American Academy in Rome. In 1987, he read Una’s Lectures in the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley. Later in his lifetime, in 2004, Lavin gave Andrew W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
After retirement from the Institute for Advanced Study in 2001, Lavin continued to work there with his wife Marilyn Aronberg Lavin, an art historian. Although there was no teaching at the Institute for Advanced Study, Lavin continued to do so at New York University and Princeton University. Some of his many well-known students included Jack Freiberg, David Levine, Nicola Courtright, Gail Feigenbaum and Charles Scribner III.
(Three essays explore three great masterworks of European ...)2002
(A fascinating exploration of art from the Renaissance to ...)1993
(Monographs on archaeology and fine arts.)1968
Irving was a member of the Society of Architectural Historians, Renaissance Society of America and Association internationale pour l'étude de la mosaïque antique. Moreover, he was an Honorary Member of the Corporation of Sculptors and Marble Workers of Rome.
Irving's interests focused primarily on the correlation between form and meaning in the visual arts.
Irving married Marilyn Aronberg Lavin, an art historian, in 1952. Their marriage produced two children — Amelia and Sylvia.