Annabel J. Wharton
William B. Hamilton Professor of Art and Art History
Ph.D., University of London (UK) 1975
M.A., University of Chicago 1969
B.S., University of Wisconsin at Madison 1966
ANNABEL WHARTON, William B. Hamilton Professor of Art History, Duke University, and Vincent Scully Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture in 2014, received her Ph.D. at the Courtauld Institute, London University. Initially her research focused on Late Ancient and Byzantine art and culture (Art of Empire [Penn State] and Refiguring the Post-Classical City [Cambridge]). Then she began to investigate the effects of modernity on ancient landscapes, notably in Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture (Chicago, 2001). She has combined her interests in the Ancient and the Modern in her last two books: Selling Jerusalem: Relics, Replicas, Theme Parks (Chicago, 2006) and Architectural Agents: The Delusional, Abusive, Addictive Lives of Buildings (Minnesota, 2015). Architectural Agents considers material and digital buildings as agents that both endure pain and inflict it. She has begun work on a new project treating the theory and practice of models, conceptual and material, analog and digital, tentatively titled Manipulating Models.
ExpertiseEarly Christian & Byzantine Architecture, architectural history, medieval architecture, modern architecture, religious visual culture, new technologies for visualizing historical materials
Wharton, Annabel J. “The Rebuilding and Redecoration of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople: a Reconsideration.” Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies, vol. 23, 1982, pp. 79–92.
Wharton, Annabel J. “Frescoes of the Mavriotissa Monastery near Kastoria: Evidence of Millenarianism and Anti-Semitism in the Wake of the First Crusade.” Gesta, vol. 21, 1982, pp. 21–29.
Curcic, S., and S. Wharton AJ. “Gracanica.” Speculum, vol. 56, 1981, pp. 374–76.
Wharton, Annabel J. “The Fresco Decoration of the Column Churches, Goreme Valley, Cappadocia: A Consideration of Their Chronology and Their Models.” Cahiers Archeologiques, vol. 21, 1981, pp. 27–45.
Wharton, Annabel J. “Formulas for Salvation: A Comparison of Two Byzantine Monasteries and Their Founders.” Church History, vol. 50, 1981, pp. 385–400.
Wharton, Annabel J. “The Middle Byzantine Sanctuary Barrier: templon Screen or Iconostasis?.” Journal of the British Archaeological Association, vol. 134, 1981, pp. 1–27.
Wharton, Annabel J. “Middle Byzantine Churches of Kastoria in Greek Macedonia: Their Dates and Implications.” Art Bulletin, vol. 62, 1980, pp. 190–207.
Wharton, Annabel J. “The Political Content of the Bema Frescoes of Saint Sophia in Ohrid.” Jahrbuch Der Oesterreichischen Byzantinistik, vol. 29, 1980, pp. 315–29.
Wharton, Annabel J. “Problems of Provincialism: Byzantine Monasteries in Cappadocia and Monks in South Italy.” Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, vol. 42, 1979, pp. 28–46.
Wharton, Annabel J. “Rock-cut Chapels in Cappadocia: the Column Churches and The yilanli Group.” Cahiers Archeologiques, vol. 15, 1975, pp. 115–35.