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Maser, Edward

    Full Name: Maser, Edward Andrew

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1924

    Date Died: 1988

    Place Born: Detroit, Wayne, MI, USA

    Place Died: Chicago, Cook, IL, USA

    Home Country/ies: United States

    Subject Area(s): Baroque

    Career(s): educators

    Institution(s): University of Chicago


    University of Chicago professor of baroque art. Maser attended the university of Michigan before entering the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 during World War II. He returned to the University of Chicago where he gained his master’s degree in 1948 with a 157-page master’s paper on Thomas Patch and Ignatius Hugford. Maser traveled to the University of Frankfurt 1949-1950 and then Florence (1950-1952) for graduate study. While writing his dissertation, he taught art history at Northwestern University before accepting a professorship in 1953 at the University of Kansas. He also directed the art museum of the University. Maser was awarded his Ph.D. from Chicago in 1957 with a dissertation on Giovanni Deomenico Ferretti. In 1961 he joined the faculty of his alma mater, chairing the department of art between1961 and 1964. In 1972 he was named first director of the David and Alfred Smart Art Gallery, the university’s art museum. He held the position until 1983.

    Selected Bibliography

    [master’s thesis:] The Contributions of Thomas Patch and Ignatius Hugford to Italian Art History. University of Chicago, 1948;


    “U of C. Art Professor Edward Maser.” Chicago Tribune October 8, 1988, p. 8.

    Contributors: Lee Sorensen


    Lee Sorensen. "Maser, Edward." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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