It is with a heavy heart that I pass along what I saw with a shock on the back page of the New York Times Business section this morning: the obituary of Mary Sheriff, art historian of the eighteenth century and revolutionary period in France. I knew her from seeing her nearly every year at the meetings of ASECS, although I would have liked to spend more time with her. I’ll always remember with bedazzlement the Clifford Lecture she gave the year she was president of ASECS, on the Medusa myth in art. It was absolutely engrossing–and had great pictures too, of course! She was a fabulous scholar and brought Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun back into sight for generations of readers with her book, The Exceptional Woman, among her many other publications.
I hear her students loved her very much, too.
Rest in peace, Mary. We miss you.