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Gridley McKim-Smith
1943 - 2013






Gridley McKim-Smith taught courses in Spanish Baroque art and art of the Habsburg empire, art and technology, the history of realism, and art of the Spanish-speaking world. Her research concentrated on the implications of scientific examinations of 17th-century Spanish paintings, particularly works by Velazquez; art vandalism and gender; the history of the body through the study of costume; and polychrome sculpture of Latin America.

McKim-Smith's book Examining Velazquez, the product of an innovative study she undertook with a paintings conservator and a conservation scientist, was the first winner of the College Art Association/Heritage Preservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation. Her research was supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Gallery's Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, and Comite Conjunto (Treaty of Cooperation between the U.S. and Spain).

Recent Publications:

  • "The Rhetoric of Rape and the Hidden Language of Vandalism," Woman's Art Journal, spring-summer 2002, 29-36
  • "Drawing the Line: Clarity and Unclarity in Velzquez's Seville," Dear Print Fan, A Festschrift for Marjorie B. Cohn, Cambridge MA (Harvard University Art Museums), 2001, 207-12
  • "Spanish Art," "Overview of Painting and Sculpture from the Middle Ages through the Twentieth Century," The Oxford Companion to Art, (Oxford U P), 2001, 704-06
  • "La tecnica Sevillana de Velzquez," in Velzquez y Sevilla (Estudios), Seville, Centro Andaluz de Arte, Junta de Andaluca), 1999, 2 vols., vol. 2, 109-23
  • "Crafting the Intangible: The Art of John Clemmer," in John Clemmer: Exploring the Medium, 1940-1999 (exhibition catalogue, New Orleans Museum of Art), 1999, 20-29, with Leo Costello.