Henry A. Millon Award in Art and Architectural History

THE GLADYS KRIEBLE DELMAS FOUNDATION
HONORS A FOUNDING MEMBER OF ITS VENETIAN ADVISORY BOARD
WITH THE NAMING OF THE
HENRY A. MILLON AWARD IN ART AND ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY

Since the beginning of the Foundation’s Venetian program in 1977, noted scholar Henry A. Millon served with great distinction on the Venetian Advisory Board (VAB) for the Delmas Foundation. This Board has significantly shaped the Foundation’s Venetian program through generously contributing advice and expertise over the decades.  During Dr. Millon’s tenure, the VAB selected nearly 700 American scholars who have pursued their studies in Venice and its surroundings.  This program has been highly significant in expanding knowledge and awareness of the importance of Venice in the historical record.

Upon Dr. Millon’s retirement from the VAB in 2015, the Foundation Trustees proposed that one of its Venetian scholarships be designated annually as the Henry A. Millon Award in Art and Architectural History.

When asked if the proposed honor met with his approval, Dr. Millon expressed his delight with these words.

Your June letter [proposing the Henry A. Millon Award] brings clear memory of my early friendship with Gladys Krieble Delmas and my scholar’s delight when asked to join the VAB.  Your letter has caused me to review my Venetian connections and memories — both as a tourist and scholar and as a historian anticipating the annual gathering of the VAB.  My own scholar’s life was enriched by joining with Paolo Viti, who came from FIAT in Turin to be Director of the Palazzo Grassi in Venice.  Together, with Fiat support, we were able to launch three historic architectural models exhibitions that circulated in the US and Europe.  There is much to value in thinking through these memories.

My serious study of architecture began at the Harvard School of Design where I later received a doctorate in the History of Art and Architecture.  That degree led to an American Academy in Rome Fellowship and that to becoming Director of the AAR 1974-1977 when my engagement with Venice and the Delmas Foundation began to take root.  I taught at MIT’s School of Architecture for many years — commuting back from Washington after I became Dean of the Center for Advanced Study at the National Gallery of Art, 1979-2000, where today I remain Dean Emeritus.

I am forever indebted to the Delmas for providing an environment where I was able to learn so much from the discussions of applicant proposals, and the learning that came from the comments of colleagues — and the growth of knowledge of Venice in its many differing aspects.

With my grateful appreciation for all the Delmas has given me-

Henry A. Millon


Recipients

2016-2017  Andrew Chen,
Camaldolese Visuality/Response and Bellini’s Altarpieces at San Michele in Isola

2017-2018  Blake de Maria
Facets of Splendor: Gemstones and Jewelry in the Republic of Venice


The recipient scholar of this award is selected from the U.S. applicant pool for the Venetian awards.  To be considered, it is not necessary to apply separately for this award.   Selection criteria emphasize distinguished work on issues of art and architecture in Venice and its surroundings.