Scholar of Dutch baroque art; professor of History of Art, UC Berkeley,1962-1994; exponent of the "new art history." Born Svetlana Leontief, she graduated from Radcliffe College with a B.A. in 1957. She married the following year, assuming her husband's surname of Alpers. She continued graduate work in art history at Harvard University publishing an article on Vasari's verbal descriptions of art (ekphrasis) in 1960 in the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, which announced her innovative approach to art history.
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Harvard University Professor of classical art (primarily sculpture); principal excavator at the Argive Heraeum. Chase graduated from Harvard University class of 1896. He spent two years at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens where he excavated the Argive Heraeum, being awarded an 1897 A. M. from Harvard in the process. He continued working on his Ph.D. at Harvard, spending the 1900-01 year as a master of St. Mark's School in Southborough, MA. In 1900 he was awarded his Ph.D. from Harvard with a dissertation on Greek Shield iconography.
First director of the Courtauld Institute and museum curator. Constable attended Derby school, where his father was headmaster, and St. John's College, Cambridge, where he studied law. He was admitted to the Bar in 1914. As a soldier in the First World War he suffered a near-death experience in 1917 (briefly buried alive by an explosion) and during his recuperation resolved to study the arts. He enrolled at the Slade School of of art where he met the critic George Augustus Moore.
Architectural historian and Director of the Fogg Art Museum, 1948-1972. Coolidge's family was closely associated with Harvard University and Boston. His father, Julian Lowell Coolidge (1873-1954) was a mathematics professor at Harvard and first master of Lowell House, Harvard, and an uncle, Archibald Cary Coolidge (1866-1928), Professor of History (1908-1928) at Harvard College and the first Director of the Harvard University Library (1910-1928), Harvard.
Boston Museum of Fine Arts Director and curator of classical art. Fairbanks graduated from Dartmouth College, class of 1886. He later attended Yale Divinity School and the Union Theology Seminary. Fairbanks moved to the University in Freiburg (im Breisgau), Germany, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1890. He returned to the United States where he taught classical studies at the universities of Michigan, Yale and Dartmouth. During the 1898-1899 year he was a fellow at the American School in Athens. In 1907, Fairbanks was appointed curator of classical art for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Harvard professor and first curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum. Francke took his Ph.D. in Munich in 1878 in medieval folklore and poetry. A friendship with Ephraim Emerton in Berlin in 1875 led to a letter of introduction to Harvard president Charles W. Eliot. He came to Harvard in 1884 as an instructor, assistant professor 1887 and professor in 1896. Throughout his career, Francke remained a literary historian. Between 1884 and 1916 he delivered university course lectures on German literature, art and thought.
Professor of Art and Architecture, Duke University, 1931-1975. Hall received her B.A., from Wellesley College in 1927, continuing for a second bachelor's degree (a B.S.) from MIT in 1930. She traveled to Paris for further study at the Institute of Art and Archaeology in 1931. She returned to the United States and joined the faculty at recently founded Duke University. Her appointment was in the Philosophy department because Duke as yet had no art department. Hall was responsible for the establishment of an art-history curriculum at Duke University.
American historian of architecture whose research ranged from an initial focus on the Italian Renaissance to evolutionary theory and computer modelling. Hersey was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of Milton Leonard Hersey (1899-1983), an economist, and Katharine Hersey (Page) (1896-1991). After graduating from high school in 1945, Hersey joined the merchant marine where he assisted in transporting troops home after World War II. Following this, Hersey joined the U.S. Army, where he advised returning war veterans in planning for their future.
Harvard librarian, book collector and founder and first curator of the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Houghton Library. Hofer graduated from Harvard and spent a few years in business. He began collecting a wide variety of printed books in 1917. By 1933 he focused on illustrated and decorated books, thus entering into a serious study of book arts. He served as curator of the Spencer Collection of the New York Public Library. In 1934 he became the first assistant director of the Morgan Library in New York (to 1937).
Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum and Chair of Harvard's Fine Arts Department. Kuhn received his A.B. from the University of Michigan in 1923 and Ph.D. from Harvard in 1929. His dissertation, later published, is on Romanesque painting in Catalonia. In 1930 he was appointed curator of the Germanic Museum (later Busch-Reisinger), replacing founding curator Kuno Francke. Kuhn was responsible for turning a small cultural museum with plaster reproductions into an important art museum. He raised funds for acquisitions and a new building.
First woman museum curator at Harvard University's Fogg Art Museum; authority on drawings, especially Ingres. Mongan's father was a prosperous Somerville, MA physician, Charles Mongan. She received a BA at Bryn Mawr in 1927, and afterward, at her father's insistence, spend a year abroad. She chose to study Italian art in a Smith College Seminar in Florence and Paris, then traveling to northern Italy and central Europe, giving her early experience in examining original art. She received her MA two years later from Smith.
First Professor of Fine Arts, Harvard University; influential mentor for a generation of art historians. Norton was born to a wealthy Boston family with strong intellectual interests. His father, Andrews Norton (1786-1853), was a Unitarian theologian and professor of sacred literature at Harvard. The younger Norton attended Harvard University, graduating with an A. B. in 1846. After college he toured India and Europe, particularly England between 1849-51. With his various attempts at business a failure, he returned to Europe in 1855, remaining there until 1857.
Director, St. Louis Museum of Art and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; early exponent of German Expressionism in the United States. Rathbone's father was a photographer and his mother a nurse. He grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y. Rathbone attended Harvard College where he was a student of the famous "museum course" taught by Paul J. Sachs. There he befriended Otto Wittmann, Jr., future director of the Toledo Museum of Art.
Rembrandt and drawing scholar; Harvard University professor 1948-1964. Rosenberg came from a family of art dealers, his brother, Saemy Rosenberg (1893-1971) eventually establishing the New York firm of Rosenberg & Stiebel. His parents were Gabriel Rosenberg and Bertha Rosenbaum (Rosenberg). Early in his life, Rosenberg planned to entry his family's antique business. However, when World War I was declared, he joined the German army cavalry and during a campaign in France, was wounded, captured and sent to a POW camp in Scotland.
Historian of South Asian art and Harvard Professor. Rowland attended St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire. The remainder of his degrees and teaching were exclusively at Harvard University. He was granted his B.S. in 1928 and Ph.D. only two years later, in 1930. His dissertation, on the 15th-century Catalonian painter Jaume Huguet was written under Chandler R. Post and published in 1932. From 1930-41 he served as tutor at Harvard. During this time Post became interested in Asian arts and began to study Chinese and Japanese languages.
Harvard associate director of the Fogg Art Museum; developer of one of the early museum studies courses in the United States. Sachs was the eldest son of Samuel Sachs and Louisa Goldman Sachs, the father a partner of the investment firm Goldman Sachs. The younger Sachs attended the School for Boys and Collegiate Institution before graduating from Harvard University in 1900. As a student, Sachs collected prints and drawings with fellow classmate Edward Waldo Forbes. After graduating, Sachs went to work in the family business, becoming a partner in 1904.
Scholar of Spanish art and curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Sayre was the daughter of Francis Bowes Sayre (1885-1972) a Harvard Law School professor, and Jessie W. Wilson (Sayre) the daughter of President Woodrow Wilson(1856-1924). She attended Buckingham Brown and Nichols School in Cambridge, MA, and the Winsor School in Boston. Sayre graduated from Bryn Mawr College, with a B.A. in art history in 1938, continuing on to Harvard University for graduate study through 1940. She participated in the famous "museum course" taught by Paul J.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, curator of Egyptian art, 1959-1969. Smith was the son of Louis Ferdinand and Edna Stevenson (Smith). He attended University of Chicago between 1924 and 1926 before switching to Harvard University where he gained his A. B. in 1928. He continued graduate work at Harvard. Smith participated in the joint Egyptian expedition between Harvard and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to excavate the Giza Pyramids, 1930-39, under MFA Boston curator George Andrew Reisner. Smith received his Ph.D.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, curator of classical art, 1957-1996. Vermeule's grandfather was Cornelius Clarkson Vermeule I (1859-1950), a prominent civil engineer for New Jersey and New York. His father was Colonel Cornelius Vermeule II (1896-1943) director of the New Jersey Public Works Administration, and his mother was Catherine Comstock (Vermeule). The younger Vermeule began collecting ancient coins--a lifelong interest--as a boy in 1934 in England. Vermeule entered Harvard in 1943 but the suicide of his father and onset of World War II caused him to join the Army.
Classical Greek and Aegean art Professor and scholar at Harvard University, distinguished archaeologist. Vermuele was born on August 11, 1928 in New York City to Clint Blake Townsend and Eleanor Mary (Menelly) Townsend. From 1934 to 1946, she attended the all-girls private preparatory school, Brearley School, for her primary and secondary education. In 1950, Vermuele graduated summa cum laude from Bryn Mawr with a B.A. in Greek and philosophy. As a Fullbright scholar, Vermuele attended the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece.
Fogg curator of Asian art. Warner attended various New England preparatory schools before studying at Harvard College where he graduated in 1903. He traveled to Asia in 1904 as a member of the Pumpelly-Carnegie expedition to Russian Turkestan. In 1906 he was appointed assistant curator at the Boston Museum of Fine Art and traveled to Japan for the first time the same year. Between 1909 and 1913 he served as associate curator for the Museum. In 1912 began as an instructor for Harvard University.
American Medievalist of Spanish architecture and Americanist; Librarian and Director of the Boston Athenaeum. Whitehill's parents were Walter Muir Whitehill, an Episcopal minister, and Florence Marion Williams (Whitehill). He entered Harvard University, receiving his A.B. in 1926, and continuing for his A.M., awarded in 1929. Whitehill married Jane Revere Coolidge, a descendant of Thomas Jefferson, in 1930, leaving for Europe the same year to continue his studies. He wrote his dissertation under the eminent American Romanesque scholar A.
Harvard Byzantinist and Egyptologist; discoverer of important mosaics at Hagia Sophia. Whittemore was the son of Joseph Whittemore, a prosperous dealer in real estate and insurance, and Elizabeth St. Clair (Whittemore). His grandfather and namesake was Thomas Whittemore (1800-1861), the famous Cambridge (MA) Universalist minister. Whittemore graduated from Tufts College in Massachusetts in 1894 with a bachelor's degree in English. He remained at his alma mater teaching English for several years and taking graduate courses at Harvard through 1898.