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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. 
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