Dear Colleagues, Students, and Friends,

With deep regret and sadness, I am writing to share the news that David  Rosand, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History Emeritus, passed away  peacefully on Friday morning, surrounded by his family.

David Rosand joined the art history faculty in 1964, having earned both  his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Columbia University. He  served twice as the chairman of the Department of Art History and  Archaeology, was a devoted teacher and director of Art Humanities, and  led the Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities. While David  formally retired in 2010, he continued to offer seminars each spring  until 2013, his final semester of teaching.

For more than five decades, David's teaching and groundbreaking research on Titian, Venetian woodcuts, drawings, and other aspects of Venetian  Renaissance culture, have profoundly shaped and inspired countless  students and faculty colleagues on campus and around the world. In May, Columbia University recognized his many contributions to the field of  art history and to the life of the university by conferring upon him the  degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa.

David is survived by his wife Ellen, his sons Jonathan and Eric, and  their families. Funeral services will be private. A memorial service is  planned for the fall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the  David Rosand Memorial Fund via check at Columbia University, MC4520, 622 W113th St, New York, NY 10025 or via credit card by going to the following link: David Rosand Memorial Fund.

We will remember David as a passionate scholar, inspiring teacher, and  trusted friend and colleague. His boundless generosity and enthusiasm  has touched the lives of many members of our community. He will be  greatly missed by all of us.


Holger Klein