Historical Period & Medium

Ancient Art Historians

Ancient Art and its Historiography. Donohue, A. A., and Fullerton, Mark D., eds. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Pollitt, J. J. "Introduction." The Art of Ancient Greece: Sources and Documents. 2nd ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1974, pp. 1-9.

Tanner, Jeremy. The Invention of Art History in Ancient Greece: Religion, Society and Artistic Rationalisation. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Historians of Ancient Art

Archäologenbildnisse: Porträts und Kurzbiographien von Klassichen Archäologen deutscher Sprache. Reinhard Lullies, ed. Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern, 1988. Indexed 9/98 CP

Breaking Ground (see under "Women").

Brendel, Otto. Prolegomena to the Study of Roman Art, Expanded from "Prolegomena to a Book on Roman Art". New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979.

Cook, Robert Manuel. "The History of the Study of Vase-Painting." Greek Painted Pottery. 3rd ed. New York: Routledge, 1997, pp. 275-311.

Classical Scholarship: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Briggs, Ward W., and Calder, William M., III, eds. Garland Reference Library of the Humanities 928. New York: Garland Publishing, 1990.

Encyclopedia of the History of Classical Archaeology. Nancy Thomson de Grummond, ed. 2 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996.

"Excavating the old Kingdom: The Egyptian Archaeologists." pp. 155-65, in Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999.

Kleinbauer, W. Eugene. "Prologomena to a Historiography of Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture." Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture: An Annotated Bibliography and Historiography. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1992, pp. xxiii-cxxiii.

Marchand, Suzanne L. Down from Olympus: Archaeology and Philhellenism in Germany, 1750-1970. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996.

Medwid, Linda M. The Makers of Classical Archaeology: A Reference Work. New York: Humanity Books, 2000.

Pallottino, Masimo. Civiltà artistica etrusco-italica. Florence: Sansoni, 1971. Describes Italian archaeological work in Etruscan sites.


Bober, Harry. "Foreward." The Living Theatre of Medieval Art. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1967, pp. xiii-xviii. Short methodological introduction to medieval art history through the 1960s.

Cantor, Norman F. Inventing the Middle Ages: the Lives, Works, and Ideas of the Great Medievalists of the Twentieth Century. New York: W. Morrow, 1991.

Grodecki, Louis. "Definitions and Theories/Historical and Physical Circumstances." Gothic Architecture. (History of World Architecture, "Abrams Gray" series). New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1977, pp. 9-34.

Medieval Scholarship: Biographical Studies on the Formation of a Discipline. Volume 3: Philosophy and the Arts. Edited by Helen Damico. Garland Reference Library of the Humanities 2110. New York: Garland Publishing, 2000.

Frankl, Paul. The Gothic: Literary Sources and Interpretations through Eight Centuries. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1960.

"Modern Goths: Modern Scholars of Gothic Art and Architecture." Mapping Gothic France (website).

Rudolf, Conrad. "Introduction: A Sense of Loss: An Overview of the Historiography of Romanesque and Gothic Art." A Companion to Medieval Art: Romanesque and Gothic in Northern Europe. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2006, pp. 1-43.


Burke, Peter. Culture and Society in Renaissance Italy, 1420-1540. New York: Scribner, 1972. Chapter 1 "Historiographers of the Renaissance."

Native Americans

The Early Years of Native American Art History. Janet Catherine Berlo, ed. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1992.


Ridderbos, Bernhard. "From Waagen to Friedländer." in, Early Netherlandish Paintings: Rediscovery, Reception, Research. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2005, pp. 218-251.

see also, entries under "Historians -- Netherlands," in the Art Historians by Region list.


Kubler, George. Esthetic Recognition of Ancient Amerindian Art. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991.


Arnold, Dana. Reading Architectural History. London: Routledge, 2002.

Concerning Architecture: Essays on Architectural Writers and Writing Presented to Nikolaus Pevsner. Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1968.

MacDougall, Elizabeth B., editor. The Architectural Historian in America: a Symposium in Celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Founding of the Society of Architectural Historians. Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1990.

Pevsner, Nikolaus. Some Architectural Writers of the Nineteenth Century. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972.

Tournikiotis, Panayotis. The Historiography of Modern Architecture. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999.

Watkin, David. The Rise of Architectural History. London: Architectural Press, 1980.