Mary Crawford-Volk, PhD

Mary Crawford-Volk is an art historian trained at Yale University (MA, PhD) who has taught at Yale, Brown, and Tufts. She also has offered courses at Harvard Extension School since 1986. Her research interests range from European art and architecture of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries through European and American art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and also include the history of collecting, and the cultural role of art museums. She has served as curator or co-curator for loan exhibitions at Brown University in 1975, the National Gallery of Art in Washington in 1992, and the Tate Gallery in London in 1998, and consulted on the Sargent/Sorolla exhibition at the Museo Thyssen in Madrid in 2006. She has lectured widely on her areas of research interest, and also published on Rubens, Velazquez, and Titian.

She wrote the book Sargent's El Jaleo that accompanied the National Gallery's 1992 exhibition by that name (later seen also at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston). Her essay "Sargent in Public: On the Boston Murals" in the 1998 Tate exhibition catalogue, John Singer Sargent, won the Umhoeffer Prize for Excellence in the Humanities in 2000 and she received the Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award from the Extension School in 2002. She is currently finishing a book on John Singer Sargent for Yale University Press, and has three essays on Boston art in the Phaidon Atlas of Site-Specific Art of the Americas (2013). She also contributed an essay, "Sargent: the Boston Library Murals" to the Museo Thyssen's exhibition, Sargent/Sorolla (Madrid, 2008) and has another essay "International Interlude: Sargent and Sorolla" in Sorolla In America, published 2015 by the Center for Spain in America.


  • PhD Yale University