Elderly Lady (circa 1740), painting by Rosalba Carriera
Elderly Lady (circa 1740), painting by Rosalba Carriera

Women were professionally active in the academic discipline of art history in the nineteenth century and participated in the important shift early in the century that began involving an "emphatically corporeal visual subject", with Vernon Lee as a notable example.[1] It is argued that in the twentieth century women art historians (and curators), by choosing to study women artists, "dramatically" "increased their visibility".[2] It has been written that women artists pre-1974 were historically one of two groups; women art historians and authors who self-consciously address high school audiences through the publication of textbooks.[3] The relative "newness" of this field of study for women,[3] paired with the possibility of interdisciplinary focus, emphasizes the importance of visibility of all global women in the art history field.

Education and employment

In the United States professional, academic employment for women art historians was, by the early 1970s, not commensurate with the number of female PhDs in art history. Between 1960 and 1969, 30.1% of PhDs were awarded to women but those numbers increased significantly during that period: between 1960 and 1965 it was 27%, but between 1966 and 1967 it had gone up to 43.5%. But in 1970–1971, women art historians in art departments in the US made up 23.1% of instructors, 21.6% of assistant professors, 17.5% of associate professors, and only 11.1% of full professors. Comparison with the numbers for the same years for women in the languages, from a study done by the Modern Language Association, showed that "women in C.A.A. [College Art Association] professions face[d] rather more severe discrimination than women in M.L.A. fields". Similar tendencies were reported for salary and employment in studio teaching ("preliminary statistics...indicate that women artists receive a disproportionately small share of full-time studio jobs") and in museums ("particularly significant was a tendency to hire women with BAs to be secretaries and men with BAs for trainee programs which rapidly advanced them to more challenging positions).[4]

The history of women in the profession also suggests that art education itself has benefited from the increased presence of professional women art historians, since women students sometimes found it necessary to "redo" an education in which only a male point of view had been provided given. Paula Harper, "one of the first art historians to bring a feminist perspective to the study of painting and sculpture",[5] and Moira Roth shared the same experience of a "one-sided training", of feeling left out.[6] Discrimination against "women in college and university art departments and art museums" was, in the early 1970s, the immediate cause for the foundation of the Women's Caucus for Art (see below).[4]

In a statistical study of US employment among art faculties published in 1977, Sandra Packard notes that "in art departments women have been decreasing in number since the 1930s", and that the number of women in art faculties at institutes of higher education "decreas[ed] from 22% in 1963 to a low of 19.5% in 1974", and cites statistics suggesting that "although women are concentrated at the lower ranks in art faculties, they have more Ph.D. degrees than their male colleagues."[7]


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Women art historians and feminist art theory

Feminist scholars have argued that the role of women art historians is connected to the study of women (as artists and as subjects) by art historians.[14] In 1974, Lise Vogel noted that there were few feminist art historians, and that women art historians in general seemed unwilling to ask "the more radical critiques" a feminist scholar should engage in.[15] In a 1998 essay, Corine Schleif argued that women and feminist scholars need to challenge the "Great Master" canon, and that they need to focus less on "style as evidence of authorship", seen as a traditionally masculine way of viewing the history of art, but rather on style as "one of many sites on the production of meaning". The topic of women scholars in art history is thus intricately connected with what scholars have called feminist art theory;[14] Kerry Freedman, for example, claims that "women art historians often interpret art that is about and by women differently than their male colleagues".[16] However, Carol Armstrong and Catherine de Zegher, in Women artists at the millennium (2006), argue that by the 1980s many "women art history scholars" had begun to think of feminism as irrelevant to the discipline.[17]

Notable women art historians

See also: Category:Women art historians

Name Nationality Birth date Specialization Profession
Phyllis Ackerman American 1893–1977 Persian art, Chinese art, textiles, tapestries Co-founder of Asia Institute, author, interior design
Leeza Ahmady Afghani-American b. 1972 Central Asian art, diaspora art Independent curator and director of Asia Contemporary Art Week
Maryan Ainsworth American 14th, 15th and 16th century Northern European painting, particularly in Early Netherlandish painting Kress-Beinecke Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery in Washington DC.[18] She is also a curator of European paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Svetlana Alpers[19] American b. 1936 Dutch Golden Age Painting Art historian
Mouza Sulaiman Mohamed Al-Wardi Oman Silversmithing from Oman Director of the Collections Department at the National Museum (Oman).
Amalia Amaki American b. 1949 American art Artist, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa from 2007 to 2012.[20]
Clementina Anstruther-Thomson Scottish 1857–1921 Experimental aesthetics during the Victorian era Author, art theorist, art critic
Paola Antonelli Italian b. 1963 Modern Art, design Curator
Irina Antonova Soviet, Russian 1922–2020 Impressionist art, modern art Director of the Pushkin Museum in Moscow from 1961 to 2013.
Mildred Archer English 1911–2005 18th- and 19th-century art in British India
Caroline Arscott English Victorian art, 19th century art Art historian
Muqadamma Ashrafi Tajikistani 1936–2013 Medieval arts and painting of Central Asia Author, researcher
Dore Ashton American 1928–2017 Modern Art, contemporary Art Writer, professor, art critic
Pamela Askew American 1925–1997 Domenico Fetti and Caravaggio Professor
Nurhan Atasoy Turkish b. 1934 Ottoman art and architecture Art historian
Erna Auerbach German 1897–1975 Tudor period in England, feminist art Author
Myrtilla Avery American 1869–1959 Medieval art Professor, a Monuments men, former chair of Department of Art at Wellesley College and director of the Farnsworth Art Museum from 1930 to 1937.
Sussan Babaie Iranian b. 1954 Persian art, Islamic art of the early modern period Professor at The Courtauld Institute of Art, art historian, writer
Barbara Baert Belgian b. 1967 Medieval iconology Art historian
Mieke Bal Dutch b. 1946 Modern Art, Contemporary Art Cultural theorist, video artist
Anna Banti Italian 1895–1985 Italian Baroque, female artists Writer, art historian, art critic, translator
Luisa Banti Italian 1894–1978 Etruscan art Archaeologist, art historian, writer
Jeannine Baticle French 1920–2014 Spanish art Former Honorary Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Department of Paintings of the Louvre museum.
Ruth Barnes English b. 1956 Material culture, South and Southeast Asian Textiles Art historian, curator
Leila Cook Barber American 1903–1984 Renaissance art and Medieval art Art historian, professor of art history at Vassar College.
Wendy Beckett (aka 'Sister Wendy') English 1930–2018 Catholic art Art historian, Catholic nun
Ellen Beer Swiss 1926–2004 Medieval art Art historian, professor
Lottlisa Behling German 1909–1989 Medieval art Art historian, professor
Mary Berenson[21][22] American 1864–1945 Italian Renaissance Art historian, lecturer
Laurence Bertrand Dorléac French b. 1957 Modern and contemporary Art historian, professor, curator
Rosemary Betterton English b. 1951 Feminism and contemporary art Art historian, professor, author
Margarete Bieber[23] German 1879–1978 Theatre, sculpture, and clothing of ancient Rome and Greece Art historian, professor
Erika Billeter German, Swiss 1927–2011 Latino art, contemporary art Curator, writer, museum director at the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts.
Gertrud Bing German 1892–1964 Classical tradition Director of the Warburg Institute[24]
Shirley Neilsen Blum[25] American b. 1932 Northern Renaissance art, early Netherlandish art, and modern art. Art historian, author, gallerist, co-founder of Ferus Gallery, and professor emeritus at the State University of New York, Purchase (1970–1989).
Phyllis Pray Bober[26] American 1920–2002 Renaissance art, classical antiquity, culinary history Author, professor emerita at Bryn Mawr College.[27]
Jean Sutherland Boggs [28] Canadian b. 1922 Nineteenth-century French art, Degas Curator, art historian, and first female director of the National Gallery of Canada
Alice Boner Swiss 1889–1981 Indian symbols in art history Art historian focused on symbols in Indian art, also an artist
Evelina Borea Italian b. 1931 Italian art history Author, curator
Norma Broude American b. 1941 Impressionism and feminist art history Art historian, Author and emerita professor at American University
Frances Borzello English Feminist art history including; social history of art, female portraiture, and female nudes. Author, scholar, feminist art critic
Adelyn Dohme Breeskin American 1896–1986 Mary Cassatt Curator, museum director, and art historian at Baltimore Museum of Art
Anita Brookner English b. 1936 Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Jacques-Louis David Author, Slade professor of fine art at Cambridge University,[29] her early work focused on art history and later work was fiction novels
Lillian Browse English 1906–2005 Augustus John, Edgar Degas, James Dickson Innes Art dealer, art historian
Coosje van Bruggen Dutch, American 1942–2009 Dutch avant-garde art Artist, art historian[30]
Palma Bucarelli Italian 1910–1998 avant-garde art Director of the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna (GNAM) from 1942 to 1975, art critic
Anneliese Bulling German, American 1900–2004 Sinologist, Chinese art and architecture Art lecturer, art historian
Andrianna Campbell American Nineteenth and twentieth-century American art, Norman Lewis, Abstract Expressionism Art historian, curator
Taína Caragol American Latino Art Curator for Latino Art and History at the National Portrait Gallery, author
Teresa Gisbert Carbonell Bolivian b. 1926 Andean art history Art historian
Mary Ann Caws American b. 1933 Modern Art, contemporary art Author, literary critic, art historian
Whitney Chadwick American b. 1943 Feminist art critic, contemporary art, modernism, Surrealism, gender and sexuality Author, Professor Emerita at San Francisco State University
Cathleen Chaffee American contemporary art Chief curator at Albright–Knox Art Gallery.
Sheng-Ching Chang Taiwanese b. 1963 Chinese art history and cultural interactions Professor at Fu Jen Catholic University, journalist, writer
Betty Churcher Australian 1931–2015 Art historian, first female director of the National Gallery of Australia[31]
Lourdes Cirlot Spanish b. 1949 Spanish and Catalan avant-garde art, 20-century art
Alessandra Comini American b. 1934 American women artists, Egon Schiele's portraiture Academic lecturer, writer, a founder of the Women's Caucus for Art
Mildred Constantine American 1913–2008 Poster Art, graphic design Art historian and curator at Museum of Modern Art in the 1950s and 1960s
Lynne Cooke Australian b. 1952 Modern art, contemporary art Curator
Julie Crooks Canadian Curator, head of the department of Arts of Global Africa and the Diaspora at the Art Gallery of Ontario
Anne Crookshank Irish 1927–2016 Irish painting Professor emeritus at Trinity College Dublin.
Rosemary Crumlin Australian b. 1932 Indigenous Australian art, religious art Author, Sister of Mercy
Alissandra Cummins Barbadian b. 1958 Caribbean art Director of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society; lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of the West Indies.
Parisa Damandan Iranian b. 1967 20th century Iranian photography Author, historian
Mirella Levi D'Ancona American, Italian 1919–2002 Symbolism and iconography in art from the Late Middle Ages period to the Renaissance Professor emeritus at Hunter College, author, art historian.
Barbara Dawson Irish b. 1957 Modern art Director of the Hugh Lane Gallery, author, curator
Félicie d'Ayzac French 1801–1881 Chartres Cathedral Author, poet, archaeology, one of the first female art historians in France.
Cécile Debray French b. 1966 modern painting, contemporary painting Director of the Musée de l'Orangerie
Élisabeth Décultot French b. 1968 Germanist, German Enlightenment Literary scholar
Vidya Dehejia Indian Indian and South Asian art Professor of Indian and South Asian Art at Columbia University.
Rocio de la Villa Spanish b. 1959 Spanish feminist art, contemporary art Curator, university professor, president of Spanish Society of Aesthetics and Theory of the Arts,[32] a co-founders of Asociación de Mujeres en las Artes Visuales (MAV)
Sirarpie Der Nersessian Armenian 1896–1989 Armenian art, Byzantine art Professor at Wellesley College, Harvard University, Dumbarton Oaks.
Laurence des Cars French b. 1966 Pre-Raphaelites, English painting Director of the Louvre Museum; former director of Musée d'Orsay, and Musée de l'Orangerie.
Yvonne Deslandres French 1923–1986 Costume, adornment
Catherine de Zegher Belgium b. 1955 Contemporary art Curator and art historian
Jasleen Dhamija Indian b. 1933 Indian textile history, Indian craft history Professor at University of Minnesota and National Institute of Fashion Technology.
Elisabeth Dhanens Belgian 1915–2014 Early Netherlandish painting Heritage official
Anne d'Harnoncourt American 1943–2008 Marcel Duchamp Curator and director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Kamala Dongerkery Indian 1909–1992 Indian embroidery, Indian jewelry, Indian toys Social worker, art historian, author, cultural historian
Saryu Doshi Indian Indian miniature paintings, Jain art Founding director of the National Gallery of Modern Art.
Layla S. Diba Iranian, American 18th/19th-century and contemporary Persian art and the Qajar period Iranian-American independent scholar and curator.
Leah Dickerman American Modern art, Contemporary art Curator, art historian
Emilia Dilke English 1840–1904 18th-century French art Author, art historian, feminist and trade unionist.[33]
Elizabeta Dimitrova Macedonian b. 1962 Byzantinist, medievalists
Lydia Durnovo Soviet, Russian 1885 –1963 Russian painting, Armenian miniatures, Armenian frescoes Staff of the National Gallery of Armenia
Sharada Dwivedi Indian 1942–2012 Indian art and architecture history Author of Indian and Mumbaiart and architecture history books
Shahin Ebrahimzadeh-Pezeshki Iranian b. 1958 Persian traditional costume history, Iranian tribal costume history, tribal textile history, Persian embroidery history and craft Author, curator, department head in a university
Ngarino Ellis Māori Māori art history Associate Professor at University of Auckland, has been the only Māori art historian employed at a New Zealand university. Author.
Irene Emery American 1900–1981 Textile anthropologist Author, curator of the Textile Museum
Joan Evans English 1893–1977 French and English mediaeval art Art historian
Massumeh Farhad American Islamic, Iranian, Turkish art history Chief Curator and Curator of Islamic Art at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Asian Art.
Constance Jocelyn Ffoulkes British 1858–1950 Italian Scholar, she participated in the adoption of a modernization of European methods of research.
Judith V. Field British b. 1943 Geometrical art, mathematical art Scholar, mathematician, research fellow in the Department of History of Art of Birkbeck, University of London
Margaret Henderson Floyd American 1932–1997 Boston architecture including Henry Hobson Richardson, and Longfellow, Alden and Harlow. Professor of Architectural History at Tufts University.
Marian Lopez Fernandez-Cao Spanish b. 1964 Spanish feminist art, contemporary art, and the works of Sonia Delaunay University professor and researcher, former president of Asociación de Mujeres en las Artes Visuales (MAV)
María Concepción García Gainza Spanish b. 1937 Contemporary art, Spanish Renaissance
Helen Gardner American 1878–1946 Author of Art Through the Ages, an art history textbook
Mary Garrard American b. 1940 Italian Baroque art and feminist art history Art historian, Author, emerita professor at American University
Catherine Gonnard French b. 1958 Women, gender and art Art historian, journalist, writer, activist
Antje von Graevenitz German b. 1940 20th and 21st-century art Art historian, art critic
Catherine Grenier French Alberto Giacometti Director of the Giacometti Foundation.[34]
Tapati Guha-Thakurta Indian b. 1957 Indian art of the 19th and 20th century Professor at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta.
Navina Najat Haidar Indian, British Islamic art Chief curator of Islamic art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Paula Harper American 1930–2012 Feminist art, Camille Pissarro, contemporary art Art historian, art critic, art lecturer, author
Liesbeth Heenk Dutch b. 1962 Vincent van Gogh
Hayden Herrera[19] American b. 1940 Frida Kahlo, Arshile Gorky, Joan Snyder Art historian, author, foremost scholar on Kahlo.
Helen Hills British b 1960 architecture and gender; female conventual architecture in southern Italy; social class and gender and religious devotion and visual art; the baroque south Professor, curator, writer
Lubaina Himid English b. 1954 Contemporary art, United Kingdom's Black Art movement Professor, curator
Ursula Hoff German, Australian 1909–2005 Australian art, the works of Rembrandt Scholar, academic, curator, author, critic, and lecturer. Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (1968–1973); London Adviser of the Felton Bequest (1975–83).
Meike Hoffmann German b. 1962 Die Brücke art movement, German art history Provenance researcher, author
Stina Högkvist Swedish b. 1972 Curator, Director of Collections at National Museum, in Oslo, Norway
Candice Hopkins Carcross/Tagish First Nation b. 1977 Indigenous art history Independent curator, writer, and researcher.
Michael Ann Holly American Historiography of art history Art historian
Agnès Humbert French 1894–1963 French art, Louis David, Henri Matisse Art historian, ethnographer, and a member of the French Resistance during World War II.
Heather Igloliorte Inuit b. 1979 Indigenous art history
Alice Ming Wai Jim Canadian Contemporary Asian art, contemporary Asian Canadian art, remix culture Professor, art historian, curator
Kellie Jones[19] American b. 1959 African-American art and artists Professor, curator, MacArthur Fellow
Amelia Jones American b. 1961 Dada, Feminist art, Performance art, Body art Art historian, art theorist, curator, author, university professor, art critic
Deborah Kahn American b. 1953 European Medieval art and architecture, Canterbury Cathedral Professor, author
Geeta Kapur Indian b. 1943 Indian contemporary art
Ebba Koch Austrian Indian art history, Mughal-era (architecture, gardens, painting, applied arts), and connecting imperial symbolism. Professor at the Institute of Art History in Vienna, Austria.
Charlotte Klonk German Modern Art, Contemporary Art, Museology Art historian
Stella Kramrisch Austrian 1896–1993 Indian art of the 20th-century Professor, curator
Rosalind Krauss American b. 1941 20th-century painting, sculpture and photography Author, associate editor of Artforum from 1971 to 1974, professor at Columbia University
Annette Kuhn English b. 1945 Feminist film theory, visual culture, cultural memory Author, researcher, historian
Miwon Kwon Korean b.1961 Contemporary art, site-specific art, land art
Michelle Kuo American b.1977 or 1978 Historian, curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, editor-in-chief of Artforum from 2010 to 2017
Ewa Lajer-Burcharth Polish 18th and 19th century European, contemporary art, feminist and critical theory, Jacques-Louis David Professor at Harvard University.
Lynne Lawner American Renaissance Author, scholar, historian with an emphasis on iconographical themes, the meaning of art, as well as social customs.
Élisabeth Lebovici French b. 1953 Contemporary art, feminist art, Queer art, Louise Bourgeois, Nancy Spero, Queer theory scholar, art historian, author, writer
Annette Lemieux American b. 1957 Contemporary art Professor, artist
Amelia Sarah Levetus English, Austrian 1853–1938 Modern art Author, cultural journalist
Samella Lewis American b. 1924 African-American art Art historian, art critic, and printmaker
Lucy Lippard[19] American b. 1937 Contemporary art Art critic, curator
Marcella Lista French 20th Century art Chief curator at the Centre Pompidou.
Catherine Mason Australian, English Computer art, digital art Art historian
Christa C. Mayer Thurman German, American b. 1934 Textiles Curator and chair of the textiles department at the Art Institute of Chicago[35]
Jennifer Montagu English b. 1931 Italian Baroque sculpture Art historian
Doula Mouriki Greek 1934–1991 Byzantinologist, Historian of Art Professor
Claudia Müller-Ebeling German b. 1956 Healing arts, shamanism Author
Laura Mulvey English b. 1941 Feminist film theory feminist film theorist, professor at Birkbeck, University of London
Joanna Mytkowska Polish b. 1970 Contemporary art Director of the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, curator, art critic
Mika Natif Israeli Islamic painting: Central Asia, Iran, India, and the Mediterranean Art historian
Linda Nochlin[36] American 1931–2017 Feminist art history Art historian
Elizabeth Norton English Tudor period, queens of England Author, specializing in archaeology and anthropology.
Nana Oforiatta Ayim Ghanaian Pan-African art Art historian, writer, and filmmaker.
Lotte Brand Philip German 1910–1986
Michèle Pirazzoli-t'Serstevens French 1934–2018 Chinese objects
Heleni Polichronatou Greek b. 1959 Contemporary public art, land art
Griselda Pollock[37] English, Canadian b. 1949
Elizabeth Prettejohn American b. 1961 Victorian Art, Pre-Raphaelites Art historian, Professor, curator, author
Nancy Princenthal American b. 1955 Shirin Neshat, Doris Salcedo, Robert Mangold, Alfredo Jaar, Jackie Ferrara, Joyce Kozloff, Hannah Wilke, Agnes Martin Artist biographer, writer
Dragana Lucija Ratković Aydemir Croatian b. 1969 Croatian museums
Arlene Raven American 1944–2006 Feminist art history, Feminist art movement in the United States Art historian, art critic, and founder of the Los Angeles Woman's Building
Hilla Rebay German, American 1890–1967 Modern art Co-founder and first director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, abstract artist, art collector
Günsel Renda Turkish Ottoman art Professor
Trina Robbins American 1938–2024 History of comics Artist and writer
Barbara Rose American 1936–2020
Moira Roth English, American 1933–2021 Feminist art history Author, professor of art history at Mills College in Oakland, California, and taught at the University of California, San Diego
Anda Rottenberg Polish b. 1944
Tina Rivers Ryan American New media art, digital art, internet art, NFTs Curator at the Albright–Knox Art Gallery.
Kim Sajet Netherlands Museum director of the National Portrait Gallery.
Bénédicte Savoy French b. 1972 Modern art, looted art Professor at Technical University of Berlin
Bente Scavenius Danish b. 1944 Danish art history Independent scholar, art critic, and author
Véronique Schiltz French 1942–2019 Scythian art in the first millennium BCE and the first millennium CE Archaeologist, art historian, and literary translator.
Johanna Schopenhauer[38] German 1766–1838 Artist, author
Nada Shabout[19] American b. 1962 Modern Iraqi art Art historian
Mary Sheriff American 1950–2016 eighteenth-century art Art Historian
Kaja Silverman American b. 1947 Film theorist, art historian
Alessandra Silvestri-Levy Brazilian Producer and writer
Jenni Sorkin American b. 1977 American craft history Author, curator, professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara
Anna Spitzmüller Austrian 1903-2001 Art historian, curator
Barbara Maria Stafford American b. 1941 Developments in imaging arts, optical sciences, and performance technologies Art historian, researcher
Nina Howell Starr American 1903–2000 American roadside attractions, American folk art, Outsider artists Art historian, photographer, curator, art dealer[39]
Kate Steinitz[40] German, American 1889–1975 Artist, art historian
Klara Steinweg German 1903–1972 Italian Renaissance Art historian, co-author of the book series Critical and Historical Corpus of Florentine Painting.
Kristine Stiles American b. 1947 Art historian, curator
Margaret Stokes[41] Irish 1832–1900 Antiquarian
Marilyn Stokstad[42] American 1929–2016 Medieval and Spanish art Art historian, professor, author
Z. S. Strother American 20th and 21st-century Central and West African art history Professor of African Art at Columbia University
Deborah Swallow English b. 1948 Indian art history Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art since 2004.
Mary Hamilton Swindler [43] American 1884–1967 Ancient classical painting Archeologist, professor
Ann Temkin American b. 1959 Curator American painting and sculpture
Dorothy Burr Thompson [44] American 1900–2001
Erica Tietze-Conrat[45] Austrian, American 1883–1958 Contemporary Viennese Art, Renaissance art, the Venetian school Academic lecturer
Marjorie Tipping[46] Australian 1917–2009 Historian
Virginia Tovar Martín Spanish 1929–2013 Architecture and urban planning of Madrid during the Baroque period Spanish art historian, author, and professor
Jocelyn Toynbee[47] English 1897–1985
Rachida Triki Tunisian b. 1949 North African art Professor at Tunis University.
Marcia Tucker[48] American 1940–2006
Eleanor Tufts American 1927–1991 American women artists, works by Luis Egidio Meléndez Academic lecturer, writer
Georgiana Uhlyarik Romanian b. 1972 Indigenous Canadian art, women artists Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
Rose Valland French 1898–1980 Commission for the Recovery of Works of Art (during WWII)
G. T. van Ysselsteyn Dutch 1892–1975 Dutch textile history
Kapila Vatsyayan Indian 1928–2020 Indian art
Emily Vermeule American 1928–2001 Ancient Greek art, Mycenaean culture Classical scholar and archaeologist, professor at Harvard University.[49]
Cecylia Vetulani Polish 1908–1980
Anne Wagner American b. 1949 Modern and contemporary art Art historian, professor emerita
Renate Wagner-Rieger [50] Austrian 1921–1980 Architecture, historicism Academic lecturer
Judith Wechsler American b. 1940 19th century French art Documentary filmmaker; professor emerita
Charlotte Weidler German 1895–1983 German expressionism Art dealer, curator, and she held a pivotal role in bringing major works of Germany to the United States; resulting restitution claims concerning the collections of Paul Westheim and Alfred Flechtheim.
Evelyn Welch American b. 1959 Renaissance and early modern Art historian, professor
Herta Wescher German, French 1899–1971 European modern art, abstract art and collage Journalist, art critic
Edith Wharton[51] American 1862–1937 Architecture Writer
Margaret Whinney[52] English 1897–1975 English art history Academic lecturer
Zoé Whitley American, English 1979 Contemporary art, United Kingdom's Black Art movement, African diaspora Curator, museum director
Diana Widmaier Picasso French b. 1974 Modern art, old master drawings Curator, author, gallerist
Sylvia Williams American 1936–1996 African art Curator, museum director
Deborah Willis (artist) [19] American 1948 African American and Black photographers Curator, author, photographer, educator
Sarah Wilson English Pierre Klossowski, Henri Matisse, Post-structuralism Professor at Courtauld Institute, author
Juliet Wilson–Bareau English b. 1935 Francisco Goya, Édouard Manet Art historian, scholar, professor at University of Oxford.
Rachel Wischnitzer German 1885–1989 Jewish art Architect, professor, author, art historian
Margot Wittkower German, American 1902–1995 Neo-Palladian Architecture, Italian Renaissance, Baroque Writer, Interior Design
Joanna Woodall English b. 1956 Portraiture, Netherlandish Art
Mary Woodall English 1901–1988 Thomas Gainsborough scholar Museum director, curator
Frances Yates[53] English 1899–1981 Renaissance
Stefania Zahorska Polish 1890–1961 Polish prosaist
Hilde Zaloscer Austrian 1903–1999 Coptic Art Art historian, professor at University of Alexandria and Carleton University Ottawa.
Marie-Cécile Zinsou French, Beninese b. 1982 Contemporary art in Africa President of Fondation Zinsou and in 2014 she found the Museum of Contemporary Art in Benin, the first museum of art in the country.
Rebecca Zorach American b. 1969 Early modern European, contemporary Art historian, professor


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