Michael Mahoney has stepped down as President of the Somerset House Art History Foundation (SHAHF) after serving as its leader for the past seven years and as a director on its board since the Foundation was established in 1985. Throughout his long tenure on the Board, Michael was a tireless advocate for the Courtauld, providing strong leadership, wise counsel, vision and clarity to the SHAHF. His generosity, on so many levels, has been invaluable both to the Courtauld Institute and to the SHAHF.

Michael received his Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute in 1965 on the Drawings of Salvator Rosa, under the tutelage of Sir Anthony Blunt. He was a Fellow at I Tatti 1960-1961; Curator at the National Gallery of Art, Washington 1962-1969; and the Genevieve Harlow Goodwin Professor of Art History at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut from 1969-1999. He now resides in Washington, DC.

The Somerset House Art History Foundation is a non-profit foundation in the United States that has provided significant support to the Courtauld Institute and its libraries, as well as The Gilbert Collection Trust, the Somerset House Arts Fund and the Hermitage Development Trust. The American Friends of the Courtauld, a subsidiary of the SHAHF, was initially established to help raise funds for the Institute’s move from Portman Square to Somerset House. The American Friends have continued to help raise funds for the Courtauld through memberships, events, grants, donations, etc.

The Somerset House Art History Foundation has unanimously elected Timothy Standring as its new President. Timothy is the Gates Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture and Curator of the Berger Collection at the Denver Art Museum in Colorado. He has published extensively on 17th century European artists and patrons.


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