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List of Famous Art Historians

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List of famous art historians, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top art historians in the world? This includes the most prominent art historians, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable art historians is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic art historians were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned art historians.

This list below has a variety of people, like Igor Kufayev and Johann Joachim Winckelmann, in it.

From reputable, prominent, and well known art historians to the lesser known art historians of today, these are some of the best professionals in the art historian field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous art historians ever?" and "What are the names of famous art historians?" then you're in the right place. 
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  • Birgit Rausing
    Birgit Rausing (born 1924) is a Swedish art historian and philanthropist, the widow of Gad...  more
  • William Rubin was the director of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, which he...  more
  • Igor Kufayev

    Igor Kufayev

    Igor Anvar Kufayev (Russian: И́горь Анва́р Kу́фаев, IPA: [ˈiɡərʲ ɐnˈvar ˈkufəɪf]; born...  more
  • Johann Joachim Winckelmann
    Johann Joachim Winckelmann (; German: [ˈvɪŋkl̩man]; 9 December 1717 – 8 June 1768) was a...  more
  • Henry Geldzahler
    Henry Geldzahler (July 9, 1935 – August 16, 1994) was a Belgian-born American curator of...  more
  • Cornelius Gustav Gurlitt war ein deutscher Architekt und Kunsthistoriker. Er war der Vater des...  more
  • Michael Ann Holly

    Michael Ann Holly is an art historian....  more
  • Edith Porada (22 August 1912, Vienna – 24 March 1994, Honolulu) was an art historian and...  more
  • John Elderfield (born 25 April 1943) was Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum...  more
  • Aydin Aghdashloo
    Aydin Aghdashloo (Persian: آیدین آغداشلو‎; born October 30, 1940) is an Iranian painter,...  more
  • Henry Kraus

    Henry Kraus (1906, in Knoxville, Tennessee - January 27, 1995 in Paris) was a labor...  more
  • Roger Took
    Roger F. Took (1944 – 29 July 2011) was a British art historian, museum curator, author and...  more
  • Mary Sheriff

    Mary D. Sheriff is the W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Art History at the...  more
  • Laurence Sickman

    Laurence Chalfant Stevens Sickman (1907–1988) was an American academic, art historian,...  more
  • Herman Friedrich Grimm

    Herman Grimm was a German academic and writer. Grimm's father was Wilhelm Grimm, and his uncle...  more
  • Simon Schama
    Sir Simon Michael Schama (; born 13 February 1945) is an English historian specialising in...  more
  • Ludwig Goldscheider

    Ludwig Goldscheider was an Austrian-English publisher, art historian, poet and translator who...  more
  • Karl von Lützow

    Karl von Lützow (25 December 1832 – 22 April 1897) was a German art historian and critic....  more
  • Norman Rosenthal
    Sir Norman Rosenthal (born 8 November 1944) is a British independent curator and art...  more
  • Kenneth Clark
    Kenneth Mackenzie Clark, Baron Clark (13 July 1903 – 21 May 1983) was a British art...  more
  • Anna Banti (born Lucia Lopresti in Florence on 27 June 1895; died in Massa on 2 September...  more
  • John Kirk Train Varnedoe (January 18, 1946 – August 14, 2003) was an American art historian,...  more
  • Leo Steinberg (July 9, 1920 – March 13, 2011) was a Russian-born American art critic and art...  more
  • Geoffrey or Geoff Scott may refer to: Geoffrey Scott (architectural historian) (1884–1929),...  more
  • Erwin Panofsky
    Erwin Panofsky (March 30, 1892 in Hannover – March 14, 1968 in Princeton, New Jersey) was a...  more