Howard Hibbard
Benjamin Howard Hibbard, Jr.

(1928-05-23)May 23, 1928
DiedOctober 29, 1984(1984-10-29) (aged 56)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation(s)Art historian
SpouseShirley Irene Griffith
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin
Harvard University
ThesisThe Architecture of the Palazzo Borghese (1958)
InfluencesRudolf Wittkower
Academic work
DisciplineArt history
Sub-disciplineItalian Baroque art
InstitutionsColumbia University
Notable studentsSamuel D. Gruber
InfluencedJoseph Connors

Benjamin Howard Hibbard, Jr. (May 23, 1928 – October 29, 1984) was an American art historian and educator. Hibbard was Professor of Italian Baroque Art at Columbia University.[1]


A native of Madison, Hibbard was born to Margaret and Benjamin, Sr., an agricultural economics professor at the University of Wisconsin. Hibbard received both a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and a Master of Arts in art history from the University of Wisconsin in 1949 and 1952, respectively. His master's thesis was on the Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port.[2] Hibbard then continued on to Harvard University, where he earned a PhD in art history in 1958. His doctoral dissertation on the Palazzo Borghese in Rome.[3] Hibbard also spent that year as a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.

A year after graduating, Hibbard joined the faculty at Columbia University. In 1965, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and in the following year, became a full professor. His title was Professor of Italian Baroque Art, a post that he held until his death in 1984. From 1978 to 1981, Hibbard was the chair of the art history department at Columbia. During the 1976–1977 academic year, he was named Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Oxford.

Hibbard was a scholar of such Italian artists and architects such as Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Caravaggio, Carlo Maderno, and Michelangelo, and has published extensively on related topics.

Personal life

Hibbard married Shirley Irene Griffith, with whom he had three daughters: Claire, Susan, and Carla. The family resided in Scarsdale. Hibbard died in 1984 from cancer, at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Selected works

See also


  1. ^ McGill, Douglas C. (30 October 1984). "Howard Hibbard Dies at 56; Professor and Art Authority". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Hibbard, Benjamin Howard (1952). An iconographic analysis of the choir capitals in the Church of Notre-Dame du Port in Clermont Ferrand (Thesis).
  3. ^ Hibbard, Benjamin Howard (1958). The architecture of the Palazzo Borghese (Thesis).