Jon Seydl

Jon Seydl


CCL Class of 2014


Worcester Art Museum


Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of European Art

Institution at time of Fellowship

Worcester Art Museum


Tom Finkelpearl, Queens Museum

Jon L. Seydl is the Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of European Art at the Worcester Art Museum, leading a division of 25 people. From 2007 to 2013 he served as the Vignos Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, 1500-1800, at the Cleveland Museum of Art. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania, where he wrote his 2003 dissertation on the Sacred Heart in the eighteenth century, while working at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the exhibition The Splendor of Eighteenth-Century Rome. As a curator at the Getty from 2002 to 2007, his projects included Tiepolo Oil Sketches and From Friedrich to Richter: German Paintings from Dresden, and he co-edited the volume, Antiquity Recovered: The Legacy of Pompeii and Herculaneum. At Cleveland, he reinstalled the collections in 2008, with a second phase in 2012. His exhibitions include Rembrandt in America (2011-12) and The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection (2012-13), on Pompeii in the modern imagination from the eighteenth century to the present day. Acquisitions he made for Cleveland include Saint Peter of Alcantará by Pedro de Mena; Julius Caesar by Mino da Fiesole (an Apollo Magazine 2009 Acquisition of the Year); Henry Bone's Bacchus and Ariadne, and Italian Renaissance carved gems by Valerio Belli and Alessandro Cesati, and in 2013 the Association of Art Museum Curators awarded him the Outstanding Catalogue Essay prize for "The Last Days of Pompeii."

My CCL experience came just as I was starting my new leadership position, and I can honestly say that there is no way I would have made the transition successfully into this new role without the training I received through the program.