• View of the Molo :: c.1730
  • Artist: Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal), Italian
  • Repository: El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
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History of Art


Online Application Procedures

Institutions are required to apply for the History of Art Grant Program using the Foundation’s online grantmaking portal. Applicants may register for portal access at https://kressfoundation.fluxx.io. Potential grantees will first submit a Letter of Inquiry and, if invited, complete a full application online. See the How to Apply page for more information.

History of Art Grants Program

  • Supports scholarly projects that will enhance the understanding and appreciation of European art and architecture.
  • Grants are awarded to non-profit institutions with 501(c) 3 status, based in the United States, including supporting foundations of European institutions.
  • These are competitive grants. Please see the Past Grants and Annual Reports pages for past awards and typical levels of funding and review our Grants FAQs for answers to common application questions.
  • The first step in the application process is the submission of a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) describing the proposed project, via the Foundation’s online grantmaking portal. Please consult the How to Apply page for LOI submission dates.
  • Application Deadlines: January 15, April 1, and October 1
    If your LOI has been accepted, you will be invited to submit a full proposal via the online grantmaking portal. Please note, History of Art Grant applications must be submitted via the portal on or before the dates above by 5:00PM EST

The History of Art program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogues and publications, and technical and scientific studies.

Grants are also awarded for activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.

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Past Grants


Detroit Institute of Arts

History of Art
Awarded 2006

Reconstructing Three Italian Altarpieces: For a project to utilize interactive video programs to reconstruct the original appearance and setting of three Italian altarpieces—for Borgo San Sepolcro (1437–44) by Sassetta, for the Venetian Scuola dell’Angelo Custode (1715–18) by Giambattista Piazzetta, and for the church of San Pascual Baylon (1767–69) in Aranjuez, Spain, by Giambattista Tiepolo.

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