Svetlana Alpers

Professor Emerita

University of California, Berkeley

Svetlana Alpers is an artist, art historian and critic. Alpers received her B.A. from Radcliffe College in 1957 and a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1965. She was a professor at the University of California at Berkeley from 1962 to 1998, where she is now Professor Emerita. She is a visiting critic at the NYU Institute of Fine Arts. Her specialty is17th Century Dutch art, although she has also worked on Tiepolo, Rubens, Breugel, and Velazquez, among others. She serves as a consultant to both National Public Radio and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In 2007 she collaborated with artists James Hyde and Barney Kulok on a project entitled Painting Then for Now. The project consists of 19 photographic prints based on the suite of three paintings by Giambattista Tiepolo that hang at the top of the main staircase in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. The project was exhibited at David Krut Gallery, NY. Six of the prints were later acquired for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY.