Emeriti Faculty

Svetlana Alpers

Professor Emerita
Northern Renaissance Art

Svetlana Alpers taught at the University of California at Berkeley from 1962 to 1994. Her specialty was Dutch Golden Age painting, although she has also written on Tiepolo, Rubens, Breugel, and Velazquez, among others. She is the author of many books including: Rembrandt’s Enterprise: The Studio and the Market; Tiepolo and the Pictorial Intelligence; The Art of Describing; The Vexations of Art: Velazquez and Others; The Making of Rubens; and the recently published, Roof Life.

From 1971 to 1976, she served on the Board of Directors for the College Art Association....

Patricia Berger

Professor Emerita
Chinese Art

Patricia Berger, Professor Emerita of Chinese Art, received her Ph.D. in the History of Art in 1980 from the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining the Berkeley faculty in 1997, she served as Curator of Chinese Art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and taught at Oberlin College and the University of Southern California.

Continuing her interest in hands-on art history and museum practice, Berger has participated in the development and staging of a number of international exhibitions over the past couple of years, including the London Royal Academy of Art’s ...

T.J. Clark

Professor Emeritus
Modern Art

T. J. Clark was born in Bristol in 1943, took a B.A. in Modern History at Cambridge and a Ph.D. at the Courtauld Institute. He taught at several places in Britain and the U.S. and is now George C. and Helen N. Professor Emeritus at Berkeley, where he worked for twenty years. Among his books are Image of the People: Gustave Courbet and the 1848 Revolution (1973), The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and his Followers (1984), Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism...

Whitney Davis

Professor of the Graduate School
Ancient, Modern, and Theory

Whitney Davis is George C. and Helen N. Pardee Professor of History and Theory of Ancient and Modern Art. He has taught at UC Berkeley since 2001. He is also Honorary Visiting Professor of Art History at the University of York, UK, where he leads the annual York Summer Theory Institute in Art History (YSTI). Previously he taught at Northwestern University, where he was John Evans Professor of Art History, Director of the Alice Berline Kaplan Center for the Humanities, and a member of the Program in African Studies. Focusing on ancient African, ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern,...

Christopher Hallett

Professor Emeritus
Roman Art

Chris Hallett received his education at the University of Bristol, Lincoln College Oxford, and UC Berkeley. From 1993 to 2001 he taught at the University of Washington, Seattle, and since 2001 he has held a joint-appointment in UC Berkeley’s Departments of History of Art and Classics. He is primarily known as a specialist in Roman sculpture, being the author of The Roman Nude: Heroic Portrait Statuary 200 BC­-AD 300 (Oxford 2005). But he has just completed the manuscript of a book on literature and the visual arts in the triumviral and early Augustan period:...

Elizabeth Honig

European Art, 1400-1700

Elizabeth Alice Honig works on the art, literature, and visual cultures of Early Modern Europe. Her interests span the pictorial arts, the built environment, and civic ritual; the art market and practices of collecting; the mobility of objects and imagery; copying and originality; notions of visuality in literary texts; gender and representation; and historical techniques of painting. She also works within the Digital Humanities and has integrated mapping, network analysis, and digital text analysis into her teaching.

Honig’s first book, Painting and the Market, concerned the ways...

Loren Partridge

Art of the Italian Renaissance

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1969
M.A., Harvard University, 1965
B.A., Yale University, 1958

Anne Wagner

Modern and Contemporary Art

An art historian, critic and teacher, Anne M. Wagner writes on a range of topics in 19th, 20th, and 21st century art, especially sculpture. Class of 1986 Professor Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley, she is now based in London, where in 2013-14 she was Visiting Professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Other positions held since her move abroad include the post of Henry Moore Foundation Research Curator at Tate Britain, 2010-11; Visiting Distinguished Professor at the University of York, 2010-13; and Mellon Residential Fellow in Arts Practice and Scholarship at the...