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Moir, Alfred Kummer

    Full Name: Moir, Alfred Kummer

    Other Names:

    • Alfred Moir

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1924

    Place Born: Minneapolis, MN, USA

    Home Country/ies: United States

    Subject Area(s): Baroque and painting (visual works)


    Scholar of baroque painting and drawing. Moir’s father was a medical doctor, William Wilmerding Moir; his mother was Blanche Kummer (Moir). He served in the U.S. Army, 1943-1946, rising to master sergeant. After the war, he attended Harvard University, receiving an A.B.L. in 1948 and an M.A. in 1949. Moir did graduate study at the University of Rome as a Fulbright fellow, 1950-1951, teaching as a graduate student at Tulane University, Newcomb College, New Orleans from 1952 to 1954. After his Ph.D. was granted from Harvard in 1953 (with a thesis on Caravaggio’s influence in Italy), he became assistant professor at Tulane in 1954 and promoted to associate professor of art history in 1959. In 1963 he joined the University of California, Santa Barbara as an associate professor and chair of the department between 1963, rising to professor of art history in 1965. Moir contributed to the exhibition “Art in Italy 1600-1700” at the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1965. He relinquished chair duties in 1969. A book on Caravaggio appeared in 1982. Moir retired from Santa Barbara emeritus in 1991. A second Abrams publishers, title appeared in 1994 on Anthony van Dyck.

    Selected Bibliography

    [dissertation:] The Character and Development of Caravaggism in Italy and its Regional Aspects. Harvard, 1953; contributor, Cummings, Frederick. Art in Italy, 1600-1700. Detroit: Detroit Institute of Arts/H.N. Abrams,1965; The Italian Followers of Caravaggio. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1967; edited, Seventeenth-Century Italian Drawings from the Collection of Janos Scholz. University of California, 1973. Caravaggio and His Copyists. New York: College Art Association of America, 1975; Caravaggio. New York: Abrams, 1982; Van Dyck’s Antwerp. Antwerp: Museum Plantin Moretus and Stedelijk Prentenkabinett, 1991; Van Dyck. New York: Abrams, 1994.


    Campbell, Richard, and Satkowski, Jane. Master Drawings from the Collection of Alfred Moir. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.


    "Moir, Alfred Kummer." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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