Barbara von Barghahn

Professor of Art History
Room 106A


Professor von Barghahn teaches Northern Renaissance and Baroque art, Spanish and Portuguese art, colonial art of Latin America and Brazil. In 2011, Professor von Barghahn was the curatorial advisor to the National Gallery of Art exhibition, The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries, which traveled to museums in Dallas and San Diego.



  • O Grão Comendador (Knight Commander) of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator, an honor conferred on her in 1993 by President Mario Soares of Portugal



  • Author:
    • Jan van Eyck and Portugal’s “Illustrious Generation” (Pindar Press, Oxford-London, 2013-14), 2 vols.
    • Age of Gold, Age of Iron: Renaissance Spain and Symbols of Monarchy (University Press of American: Lanham, 1986), 2 vols.
    • Philip IV and the "Golden House" of the Buen Retiro: In the Tradition of Caesar (Garland Press: New York-London, 1986), 2 vols.
  • Contributed peer-reviewed articles to:
    • Oxford University Press Bible Encyclopedia
    • New Catholic Encyclopedia: The Church, Arts and Music
    • Apollo Magazine
    • Gazette des Beaux-Arts
    • Latin American Arts Magazine
    • Tradición Revista
    • Pantheon
  • Authored book essays:
    • "Archivos do Centro Cultural Português (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 1986, Separata)
    • "The Struggle for Synthesis. The Total Work of Art in the 17th and 18th Centuries" (Instituto Português do Património Arquitectónico e Arqueologico, 1999, 2 vols.)
    • "The Holy Family in Art and Devotion" (St. Joseph’s University Press, 1998)
    • "Beyond Danäe’s Tower to Andromeda’s Palace: The Queen’s Image in Long Galleries of Spain and Portugal" (1500-1800)
    • "Europäische Galeriebauten: Galleries in a Comparative European Perspective" (Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome-Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, 2008)
  • Contributing editor to:
    • The Handbook of Latin American Studies (Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress-University of Texas Press, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2006)
  • Among various exhibition catalogues, she has been a primary contributor to:
    • Temples of Gold, Crown of Silver: Reflections of Majesty in the Viceregal Americas (curator: The OAS Art Museum of the Americas, GWU Dimock Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 1991)
    • The Sacred and the Profane: Josefa de Óbidos of Portugal (1630-1684) (co-curator, National Museum of Women in the Arts-London European Academy for the Arts)
    • The Holy Family as Prototype of the Civilization of Love: Images from the Viceregal Americas (co-curator, Philadelphia: St. Joseph's University, 1996)



BA in Art History (Honors), University of Iowa
MA in Art History, New York University Institute of Fine Arts
Ph.D in Art History, New York University Institute of Fine Arts