Friends of Artibus et Historiae and IRSA

Friends of Artibus et Historiae and IRSA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that will provide support to IRSA (Institute for Art Historical Research) and IRSA Foundation in Poland in the areas of art-historical research and publication of the international, academic, art-historical journal Artibus et Historiae, art exhibitions, and other artistic endeavors.

IRSA Institute for Art Historical Research was established in 1979, IRSA being the acronym of Istituto per le Ricerche di Storia dell’Arte, as the Institute was initially based in Venice (1979–1982). From there it moved to Florence and Vienna, and finally in 1996 to Cracow (Poland).

The idea of starting a new art periodical and a research institute as its subsidiary, originated with Dr habil. Józef Grabski at the end of the 1970s. His initiative was carried to fruition by a group of art historians gathered after the International Congress of the History of Art (CIHA) in Bologna in 1979 and IRSA as a research Institute and as a publisher (IRSA Publishing House) came into being. That same year (but dated already 1980) the first issue of Artibus et Historiae, appeared. 

We will serve the IRSA Foundationand Institute in Poland by promoting art and culture to those in the United States to gain support and funds. Initially, we will promote art and culture by doing art research and publication of the art-historical journal. We will use this approach to build interest and educate art scholars and researchers on Polish art. In the future, we will host art exhibitions, organize symposiums and conferences to bring Polish art to the United States.

We want to insert Polish art into the international mainstream by various curatorial and scholarly activities in order to raise funds to expand the IRSA Institute for Art Historical Research. We plan to build relationships in the United States with American foundations and others interested in supporting the Polish organizations in Krakow, Poland, in the area of art research and publication of the art-historical journal Artibus et Historiae, art exhibitions, etc.

What we do

“Tatlin’s Reliefs: from Cubism to Abstraction” by Prof. Andréi Nakov – a new book by IRSA

The creation of the first Non-Objective reliefs by Vladimir Tatlin in the years 1914–1915 has remained almost legendary, as, with a few exceptions, these works have been lost or destroyed. This is the reason most of them have come down to us solely through contemporary documents. Yet when first presented in Moscow, St Petersburg (1914 and 1915), Berlin (1922) and Amsterdam (1923), they were received with curiosity, interest and, in a few instances, rejection, for they signalled a real artistic revolution. They were subsequently overshadowed by the Monument to the Third International (1919–1920), an extraordinary utopian construction that Alfred Barr described in 1936 as “the most ambitious Constructivist work” of the century and which has fascinated generations of artists on both sides of the Atlantic during much of the 20th century.

A new issue of “Artibus et Historiae”, 81, 2020, has appeared

The volume, which appeared under the guest editorship of Prof. Stefania Mason and Prof. Peter Humfrey, is dedicated  to Prof. William L. Barcham on his 80th birthday.


  • Introduction (pp. 9–10)
  • William L. Barcham – List of Publications (pp. 11–12)
  • FULVIO ZULIANI – Strategie narrative e spaziali nelle Storie di Sant’Orsola di Tomaso da Modena a Treviso (pp. 13–23)
  • HELENA KATALIN SZÉPE and FEDERICA TONIOLO – Celebrating Athanasius in Venice. Illuminated Manuscripts for the Nuns of Santa Croce alla Giudecca (pp. 25–48)
  • TIZIANA FRANCO – Testimonianze artistiche di contesti monastici femminili a Verona (XIV–XV secolo) (pp. 49–61)
  • DEBORAH HOWARD – Venetian Galleys as Domestic and Ritual Space (pp. 63–78)
  • CATHERINE WHISTLER – Invention and Devotion in Giovanni Bellini’s Uffizi Lamentation (pp. 79–98)
  • MAURO LUCCO – Pietro da Vicenza, non Pasqualino. Ma quale Pietro? (pp. 99–113)
  • BEVERLY LOUISE BROWN – Sculpted in My Heart: Titian and the Secrets of La Schiavona (pp. 115–136)
  • PETER HUMFREY – More on Dosso’s Aeneas Frieze (pp. 137–156)
  • MICHEL HOCHMANN – À propos d’un album de photographies méconnu : Simone Bianco et Tiziano Aspetti au palais Grimani de Santa Maria Formosa (pp. 157–172)
  • PHILIP SOHM – Venetian Finger Painting after Titian (pp. 173–194)
  • STÉPHANE LOIRE – Les tableaux de Véronèse dans l’Inventaire Napoléon (1810) (pp. 195–222)

A new issue of “Artibus et Historiae”, 80, 2019, has appeared.

The volume, which appeared under the guest editorship of Prof. Peter Humfrey, is dedicated  to Prof. Mauro Lucco on his 70th birthday.


  • PETER HUMFREY – Introduction
  • WILLIAM L. BARCHAM – Jacopo da Montagnana, the ‘Man of Sorrows’ and the Bellini
  • ANCHISE TEMPESTINI – La famiglia dei pittori Bellini. Precisazioni e novità
  • CARLO CORSATO – Giovanni Bellini’s Saint Catherine of Siena and Saint Thomas Aquinas Altarpiece: Primary Sources, Perspective and Visual Philology
  • PAOLA BENUSSI and PETER HUMFREY – The Altarpieces by Giovanni Bellini and Alvise Vivarini from San Cristoforo della Pace and their Patrons
  • MASSIMO FERRETTI – Accertamento su Benedetto Diana
  • ANDREA BAYER – Francesco Francia’s Portrait of Federico Gonzaga and the Letters that Surround It
  • DAVID ALAN BROWN – Solario Revisited
  • VILMOS TÁTRAI – Una questione di leonardismo: la versione di Budapest della Madonna con i Bambini che giocano