Dictionary of Art Historians

triptych of Montague James, Theodor Panofka, and Johanna Schopenhauer


The Dictionary of Art Historians is a biographical and methodological database intended as a beginning point to learning the background of major art historians of western art history. A free, copyrighted, scholarly database for the use of researchers, students and the public.

Project History

The Dictionary of Art Historians is a free, privately funded biographical dictionary of historians of western art written and maintained by scholars for the benefit of the public. It became associated with the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies of Duke University in January of 2010. From 2016 on, it has been sponsored by the Wired! Lab for digital art history & visual culture. Initially conceived as a methodologic tool for English-language readers, it seeks to compile the documented facts of an historian's life in order to serve as a background for understanding a specific text and the historiography of art. The DAH was begun in the fall of 1986 as a notecard project by indexing the historians cited in Eugene Kleinbauer's Research Guide to the History of Western Art (1982) and his Modern Perspectives in Western Art History (1971), Heinrich Dilly's Kunstgeschichte als Institution (1979) and some of Kultermann's Geschichte der Kunstgeschichte (1966). In 1996 it was input electronically and in 2002 migrated to the internet. In 2018, the project underwent a major redesign and is again in active development. Subjects selected for inclusion are based solely by their reference in the historiographic literature (see bibliography link) and are not the selection of the editors.

Taken from http://arthistorians.info/about.

People Involved With The Project

  • Lee R. Sorensen, Editor, Librarian for Art and Image Research, Duke Libraries (Primary Investigator)
  • Hannah Jacobs, Digital Humanities Specialist, Wired! Lab (Designer)