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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. 

Birgit Rausing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Birgit Rausing is a Swedish art historian and philanthropist, the widow of Gad Rausing. She is the daughter of Swedish landscape painter Henry Mayne. In 1944 her father-in-law Ruben Rausing ...more

William Rubin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
William Rubin was the director of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, which he first joined in 1967.

Igor Kufayev is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Igor Anvar Kufayev, is a Russian British artist, yogi and spiritual teacher. Also known as 'Vamadeva', which means "preserving aspect of Shiva in his peaceful, graceful and poetic

Johann Joachim Winckelmann is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Johann Joachim Winckelmann was a German art historian and archaeologist. He was a pioneering Hellenist who first articulated the difference between Greek, Greco-Roman and Roman art. "The ...more

Henry Geldzahler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Henry Geldzahler was a curator of contemporary art in the late 20th century, as well as a modern art art historian and art critic. He is best known for his work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art ...more

Cornelius Gurlitt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Cornelius Gustav Gurlitt war ein deutscher Architekt und Kunsthistoriker. Er war der Vater des Musikwissenschaftlers Wilibald Gurlitt und des Kunsthistorikers Hildebrand Gurlitt.

Michael Ann Holly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Michael Ann Holly Michael Ann Holly is an art historian.

Edith Porada is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Edith Porada was the Arthur Lehman Professor of Art History and Archeology at Columbia University.

John Elderfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
John Elderfield was the Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, from 2003 to 2008.

Aydin Aghdashloo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Aydin Aghdashloo is an Iranian painter, author, art critic, art historian and graphic designer. He currently lives in Tehran, Iran, and lectures in different Iranian Universities besides his ...more

Henry Kraus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Henry Kraus Henry Kraus was a labor historian, and European art historian. He graduated from the University of Chicago and Western Reserve University with a master's degree in 1928. He was an organizer of ...more

Roger Took is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Roger F. Took was an art historian, museum curator, author and convicted child sex offender who lived in London, Ireland, and Russia. In the course of his career, he ran several museums in ...more

Mary Sheriff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Mary Sheriff Mary D. Sheriff is the W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Laurence Sickman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Laurence Sickman Laurence Chalfant Stevens Sickman was an American academic, art historian, sinologist and Director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Herman Friedrich Grimm is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Herman Friedrich Grimm Herman Grimm was a German academic and writer. Grimm's father was Wilhelm Grimm, and his uncle Jakob Grimm, the philologist compilers of indigenous folk tales. His other uncle was the painter ...more

Simon Schama is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Simon Michael Schama, CBE is an English historian specialising in art history, Dutch history, and French history. He is a University Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University, ...more

Ludwig Goldscheider is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Ludwig Goldscheider Ludwig Goldscheider was an Austrian-English publisher, art historian, poet and translator who is known for founding the world-renowned Phaidon Press.

Karl von Lützow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Karl von Lützow German art historian and university professor.

Norman Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Sir Norman Rosenthal is an independent curator and art historian. From 1970 to 74 he was Exhibitions Officer at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. In 1974 he became a curator at the Institute of ...more

Kenneth Clark is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Kenneth McKenzie Clark, Baron Clark OM CH KCB FBA was a British author, museum director, broadcaster, and one of the best-known art historians and aestheticians of his generation, writing a ...more

Anna Banti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Anna Banti was an Italian writer, art historian, critic, and translator.

Kirk Varnedoe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
John Kirk Train Varnedoe was an American art historian, the Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art from 1988 to 2001, and a Professor of the History of Art at the ...more

Leo Steinberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Leo Steinberg was an American art critic and art historian and a naturalized citizen of the U.S.

Geoffrey Scott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Geoffrey Scott was an English scholar and poet, known as a historian of architecture. His biography of Isabelle de Charrière entitled The Portrait of Zelide won the 1925 James Tait Black ...more

Erwin Panofsky is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Erwin Panofsky was a German art historian. His academic career was pursued mostly in the U.S. after the rise of the Nazi regime. Panofsky's work remains highly influential in the modern academic ...more

Maximilian Schich is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Maximilian Schich is a German archaeologist, semantic data analyst and art historian.

Julius Samuel Held is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Julius Samuel Held was an art historian, collector, and expert on Dutch painters Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, and Rembrandt. He published several monographs and was a professor of art ...more

Thomas E. Crow is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Thomas Crow received his Ph.D. from the University of North Texas and works with The Boys and Girls Club of America.

Irma A Richter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Art Critic, Author and editor of works by Leonardo da Vinci. Active between about 1910 and 1956

Elizabeth Williams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Elizabeth Williams is a theatrical producer.

Meyer Schapiro is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Meyer Schapiro was a Lithuanian-born American art historian known for forging new art historical methodologies that incorporated an interdisciplinary approach to the study of works of art. An ...more

Ligia Filotti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Art Historians

Roy Strong is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Sir Roy Colin Strong FRSL is an English art historian, museum curator, writer, broadcaster and landscape designer. He has been director of both the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and ...more

Andrew Graham-Dixon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Andrew Michael Graham-Dixon is a British art historian and broadcaster.

Linda Nochlin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Linda Nochlin is an American art historian, university professor and writer. A prominent feminist art historian, she is best known as a proponent of the question "Why Have There Been No ...more

Alfred Vance Churchill is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Alfred Vance Churchill (1864 - 1949) was an American painter, art historian, and curator.

Whitney B. Halstead is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Whitney Halstead was an American art historian, and artist. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a B.F.A and M.F.A. He taught art history at the School of the Art ...more

Jacob Kainen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Jacob Kainen was an American painter and printmaker. He is also known as an art historian, writing books on John Baptist Jackson and the etchings of Canaletto. In addition, Kainen was a ...more

John Richardson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Sir John Patrick Richardson, KBE, FBA is a British art historian and Picasso biographer. Richardson has also worked as an industrial designer and as a reviewer for The New Observer. He moved to ...more

Michael Brand is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Dr Michael Brand is an art scholar from Australia. Throughout his career, Brand has specialised in the art of Asia, in particular Indian art.

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is an American-Italian writer, art historian and curator. She was the Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA which opened in Kassel on June 9, 2012. Previously, she was the ...more

Hayden Herrera is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Hayden Herrera is a writer, art historian and biographer.

Cyril Aldred is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Cyril Aldred FRSE FSA Scot was an English Egyptologist, art historian and author.

Martha Hollander is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Martha Hollander is an American poet and art historian.

Max Jakob Friedländer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Max Jakob Friedländer Max Jakob Friedländer was a German curator and art historian. He was a specialist in Early Netherlandish painting and the Northern Renaissance, who volunteered at the Kupferstichkabinett or ...more

Gabriela Sodi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Gabriela Sodi is an artist and art historian.

Svetlana Alpers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Svetlana Leontief Alpers is an American art historian, also a professor, writer and critic. Her specialty is Dutch Golden Age painting, although she has also written on Tiepolo, Rubens, Breugel, ...more

Barbara Haskell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Barbara Haskell is an American art historian and a museum curator. She is currently a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she has worked since 1975. She has previously worked at ...more

Michael Baxandall is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Michael David Kighley Baxandall, FBA was a British-born art historian and a professor emeritus of Art History at University of California, Berkeley. He taught at the Warburg Institute, ...more

Camillo Boito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Art Historians
Camillo Boito was an Italian architect and engineer, and a noted art critic, art historian and novelist.