The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, has received a $1 million gift from the Edmond J. Safra Foundation in support of arts scholarship, Pac Pobric of the Art Newspaper reports. The donation will allow the institution to create a permanent professor position at the museum’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts.
Lily Safra, chair of the foundation and wife of the late banker and philanthropist Edmond Safra, said, “I know how proud my husband, Edmond, would be that his name will always be linked with truly exceptional scholarship.”
Prior to the gift, the center established the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professorship in 2002, which has been filled by fifteen historians over the years. Among the scholars who have worked at the center are Nancy Troy, Marc Fumaroli, and Hans Belting. The donation will allow the institution to make this position permanent.
“Our Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professors have contributed immeasurably to the work of the center and the wider scholarly, curatorial, and scientific community in the visual arts,” dean Elizabeth Cropper said in a statement.