Professor Patricia Lee Rubin, currently Deputy Director of The Courtauld Institute of Art and Head of its Research Forum, has been appointed as the new director of New York University’s renowned Institute of Fine Arts (IFA).  Founded in 1932, the same year that The Courtauld Institute of Art was established, IFA is a distinguished centre for research and graduate study for the history of art, archaeology, conservation, and museum curatorship. The Institute has conferred more than 1,600 degrees, and its alumni hold leadership roles as professors, curators, museum directors, archaeologists, conservators, critics, and institutional administrators throughout the USA and internationally.  Professor Rubin takes up her appointment on 1 September 2009.

Dr Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director of The Courtauld Institute of Art, said: ‘Pat has our very warmest congratulations – as does the Institute of Fine Arts for making such a wise appointment. She has been a central figure at The Courtauld, and has contributed immensely to its teaching and its research, and of course through her imaginative leadership in the creation and development of the Research Forum.  Our congratulations are inevitably tinged with regret that she will be leaving The Courtauld. She will be very much missed - but we do hope that we shall continue to work closely with her in her new capacity at the IFA – which we like to think of as a sister institution.’

Professor Rubin, an internationally acclaimed scholar of Italian Renaissance art and literature, began teaching at The Courtauld Institute in 1979, and was appointed Deputy Director and Head of the Research Forum in 2004.  In 1997 she served as Acting Director of the Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies in Florence (Villa I Tatti).  She has also been Visiting Professor there and at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence.

Professor Rubin is the author of numerous books and articles, including: Giorgio Vasari. Art and History (Yale University Press, 1995), an influential reconsideration of the painter’s art and writing which won the prestigious Eric Mitchell prize, and Images and Identity in Fifteenth-century Florence (Yale University Press, 2007), an interdisciplinary exploration of the social dynamics of images, among others.  She has collaborated on a number of museum exhibitions in the United Kingdom and the United States, including Renaissance Florence: The Art of the 1470s at the National Gallery, London.

She received her BA, summa cum laude from Yale University in 1975, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  She was awarded an MA with distinction from London University, The Courtauld Institute of Art in 1978, and her Ph.D from Harvard University in 1986.

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