Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

Dr. David Franklin appointed New Chief Curator, National Gallery of Canada

Ottawa, Canada - March 8, 2001


 « David Franklin est nommé conservateur en conservateur en chef du Musée des beaux-arts du Canada » 
The National Gallery of Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. David Franklin as Deputy Director and Chief Curator, after an extensive national and international search. Dr. Franklin joins the National Gallery's Senior Management team today. In this new position, David Franklin will be responsible for the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Restoration and Conservation Laboratory, and the Library.

David Franklin was born in Lachine, Québec in 1961 and is fluent in English, French and Italian. Formerly Curator of Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Canada, he is a graduate of Queen's University, Kingston (B.A., Art History, 1984), where he received a medal and cash award for the highest mark of his graduating class. He received his M.A. in European Renaissance Art in 1986, and his Ph. D. in 1991 at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, England. Dr. Franklin was also awarded an honorary M.A. by the University of Oxford in 1995.

He began his career in Kingston, Ontario in 1984 as a Research Assistant to Dr. David McTavish, Director, Agnes Etherington Art Centre. In 1987, Dr. Franklin lectured in Florence, Italy before relocating to London, England where he studied and worked at Oxford University. He was a Slade and Shuffrey Fellow in Italian Renaissance Art at Lincoln College from 1991-94, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and a Seminar Leader at All Souls College from 1994-99, and Professor of Italian Renaissance at Oxford from 1994-98. Dr. Franklin was also a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities in Los Angeles, California, in 1996.

During the course of his career at Oxford, Dr. Franklin gained experience on a number of committees, namely: the Scholarly Advisory Committee for the Medici Archive Project based in the Archivio di Stato, Florence (1998), the Library Committee at All Souls College (1998), the Committee for the History of Art in Oxford (1997-1998), Secretary of the Subfaculty for the History of Art in Oxford (Trinity Term, 1996), and the Committee appointed to decide the placement of the Mengs altarpiece belonging to All Souls College (1996).

David Franklin has won several international awards, including the 1995 Eric Mitchell Prize for Rosso in Italy: The Italian Career of Rosso Fiorentino (published by Yale University Press, 1994) and the1995 Governors' Award for Yale University Press for best press book by an author under the age of forty. His numerous articles and reviews have been published internationally.

In1998, David Franklin joined the National Gallery as Curator of Prints and Drawings. As Editor of the new art journal Review, launched in November 2000, he revived a National Gallery of Canada publication tradition. He is also the curator responsible for Italian Drawings from Canadian Collections, an exhibition on view at the National Gallery until 13 May. After its presentation in Ottawa, a condensed version of the exhibition, entitled Italian Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada, will travel nationally. Dr. Franklin is currently working on the upcoming exhibition Sixteenth-century North-Italian Drawings from Budapest: From Leonardo to Tintoretto on view from 12 October 2001 to 13 January 2002 in the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Galleries.
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