Art Historians in History

Historical Events

  • 1969-02-23 Groundbreaking TV documentary series "Civilisation" presented by art historian Kenneth Clark premieres on BBC2 in the UK

Famous Birthdays

  • 1511-07-30 Giorgio Vasari, Italian painter and art historian (Vasari's Lives), born in Arezzo, Republic of Florence (d. 1574)
  • 1826-03-20 Carel Vosmaer, Dutch art historian/poet/editor
  • 1831-04-08 Allard Pierson, Dutch theologist, philosopher and art historian, born in Amsterdam (d. 1896)
  • 1855-04-18 Abraham Bredius, Dutch art historian (Jan Steen), born in Amsterdam (d. 1946)
  • 1857-02-02 Jan Six, Dutch art historian/art collector
  • 1864-05-18 Jan P Veth, Bayern, Dutch painter, etcher, lithographer and art historian
  • 1864-06-21 Heinrich Wölfflin, Swiss art historian, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1945)
  • 1871-05-17 Henk Bremmer, Dutch art historian (Modern Kunstwerken), born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1956)
  • 1873-05-10 Jan Kalf, literary/art historian (Preservation of museums)
  • 1882-07-30 Leo van Puyfielde, Flemish art historian and museum curator
  • 1882-08-14 Gisela Richter, English art historian, born in London (d. 1972)
  • 1884-07-04 Alexander Byvanck, Dutch art historian and archaeologist, born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1970)
  • 1885-07-05 André Lhote, French painter and art historian (Traité du paysage), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1962)
  • 1888-12-08 Fiske Kimball, American architect and art historian, born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1955)
  • 1892-03-30 Erwin Panofsky, German/US art historian
  • 1892-08-01 Constant Burniaux, Belgian writer (The Abandoned) and art historian (Temps Inquiets), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • 1894-08-17 Erik A Blomberg, Swedish art historian/poet/author (Jorden)
  • 1895-10-02 Louis Lebeer, Dutch art historian, born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1897-07-06 Richard Krautheimer, art Historian
  • 1900-05-14 Edgar Wind, German art historian (d. 1971)
  • 1900-11-30 Korneel Goossens, Flemish literature/art historian

Person of interestAndré Malraux

1901-11-03 André Malraux [Berger], French novelist and art historian (La Condition Humaine), born in Paris, France (d. 1976)

Novelist André Malraux
Novelist
André Malraux
  • 1902-01-30 Nikolaus Pevsner, German-British art historian (The Buildings of England), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1983)
  • 1903-07-13 Kenneth Clark, English art historian (Civilisation), born in London, England (d. 1983)
  • 1904-09-23 Meyer Schapiro, Lithuanian-born American art historian, born in Šiauliai, Russian Empire
  • 1904-11-16 Frederik van der Meer, Dutch archaeologist and art historian, born in Bolsward (d. 1994)
  • 1907-09-26 Anthony Blunt, British art historian and spy for USSR, born in Bournemouth, Hampshire, England (d. 1983)
  • 1908-06-04 Walther Vanbeselaere, Flemish art historian, born in Zevekote, Belgium (d. 1988)
  • 1908-06-10 Brinsley Ford, British art historian and CEO (National Art Collections Fund), born in Petworth, Sussex, England (d. 1999)
  • 1909-08-11 Hugo Buchthal, art historian
  • 1910-05-18 Arthur van Schendel, Dutch art historian
  • 1910-12-02 Russell Lynes, American art historian, photographer, author and managing editor of Harper's Magazine (d. 1991)
  • 1912-08-22 Edith Porada, Austrian art historian and archaeologist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1994)
  • 1913-12-13 John Wyndham Pope-Hennessy, English art historian and director of British Museum (1974-76), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1921-08-18 Zdzisław Żygulski, Jr., Polish art historian
  • 1921-10-07 John Arthur Giles Gere, English art historian (Pre-Raphaelite painter)
  • 1922-01-12 Tadeusz Żychiewicz, Polish journalist and art historian, born in Bratkowice, Poland (d. 1994)
  • 1922-02-27 Hans Rookmaaker, Dutch professor and art historian (d. 1977)
  • 1923-04-26 Oliver Millar, British art historian (served in the Royal Household for 41 years), born in Standon, Hertfordshire (d. 2007)
  • 1924-02-11 Mary Tregear, Oriental art historian
  • 1924-08-17 John A Emmens, art historian/poet (Kunst & Vliegwerk)
  • 1927-06-08 Michael Levey, English art historian and director (British National Gallery), born in Wimbledon, London (d. 2008)
  • 1928-07-16 Anita Brookner, English novelist (Hotel du Lac) and art historian, born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1929-04-03 Dennis Farr, Museum director (Courtauld Institute Galleries) and art historian, born in Luton, Bedfordshire (d. 2006)
  • 1935-08-23 Roy Strong, English writer, art historian and director (Victoria & Albert Museum), born in Winchmore Hill, Middlesex, England
  • 1948-06-29 Charles McCorquodale, art historian, born in Edinburgh (d. 1996)
  • 1954-09-24 Stephen Jones, art historian
  • 1980-05-17 Davor Džalto, Serbian art historian

Famous Deaths

  • 1574-06-27 Giorgio Vasari, Italian painter and art historian (Vasari's Lives), dies at 62
  • 1606-09-02 Carel van Mander, Flemish painter/art historian, dies at 58
  • 1888-06-12 Carel Vosmaer, art historian/poet/editor (Neth Spectator), dies at 62
  • 1896-05-27 Allard Pierson, Dutch theologist, philosopher and art historian, dies at 65
  • 1925-07-01 Jan P Veth, Dutch painter/lithographer/art historian, dies at 61
  • 1926-12-08 Jan Six, Dutch art historian/collector, dies
  • 1944-01-05 Adolph Goldschmidt, German/Swiss art historian, dies at 80
  • 1946-03-13 Abraham Bredius, Dutch art historian (Rembrandt), dies at 90
  • 1954-03-06 Jan Kalf, Dutch literature/art historian, dies at 80
  • 1955-08-14 Fiske Kimball, American architect and art historian, dies at 66
  • 1956-01-10 Henk Bremmer, Dutch art historian (Beeldende Kunst), dies at 84
  • 1959-10-06 Bernard Berenson, American art critic (Italian Painters of the Renaissance), dies at 94
  • 1962-01-21 André Lhote, French painter and art historian (Traité du paysage), dies at 76
  • 1965-04-08 Erik A Blomberg, Swedish art historian/poet/author, dies at 70
  • 1968-03-14 Erwin Panofsky, German/US art historian/iconologist, dies
  • 1971-11-27 Korneel Goossens, Flemish literary/art historian, dies at 70
  • 1971-12-12 John A Emmens, art historian/poet (Dog of Pavlov), dies at 47
  • 1975-02-09 Constant Burniaux, Belgian writer (The Abandoned) and art historian (Temps Inquiets), dies at 82

Person of interestAndré Malraux

1976-11-23 André Malraux [Berger], French novelist and art historian (La Condition Humaine), dies at 75

Novelist André Malraux
Novelist
André Malraux
  • 1979-02-06 Arthur van Schendel, Dutch art historian, dies at 68
  • 1983-03-26 Anthony Blunt, British art historian and spy for USSR, dies at 75
  • 1983-05-21 Kenneth Clark, English art historian (Civilisation), dies at 79
  • 1983-08-18 Nikolaus Pevsner, German-born art historian (b. 1902)
  • 1986-01-06 Louis Lebeer, Dutch art historian, dies at 90
  • 1988-05-03 Walther Vanbeselaere, Flemish art historian, dies at 79
  • 1991-09-14 Russell Lynes, American art historian and magazine editor (b. 1910)
  • 1994-03-24 Edith Porada, Austrian art historian and archaeologist, dies at 81
  • 1994-07-19 Frederik "Frits" van der More, archaeologist/art historian, dies at 87
  • 1994-10-31 John Wyndham Pope-Hennessy, English art historian and director of British Museum (1974-76), dies at 80
  • 1994-11-01 Richard Krautheimer, art historian, dies at 97
  • 1994-11-03 Richard Krautheimer, US art historian, dies at 97
  • 1995-01-11 John AG Gere, English art historian (Raphael & his Circle), dies at 73
  • 1996-02-16 Charles McCorquodale, art historian, dies at 47
  • 1996-03-03 Meyer Schapiro, Lithuanian-born American art historian, dies at 91
  • 1996-06-01 Stephen Jones, art historian, dies at 41
  • 1996-11-10 Hugo Buchthal, art historian, dies at 87
  • 1999-05-04 Brinsley Ford, British art historian and CEO (National Art Collections Fund), dies at 90
  • 2001-11-03 Ernst Gombrich, Austrian art historian (b. 1909)
  • 2007-05-10 Oliver Millar, British art historian (served in the Royal Household for 41 years), dies at 84
  • 2016-03-10 Anita Brookner, English novelist (Hotel du Lac) and art historian, dies at 87