Colin Eisler                                                                          Institute of Fine Arts, New York University


Volume 3, October 2022   


It has often been stated that art history began in Oxford with the establishment of a chair of art
History in 1955. That is far from true as shown in this essay. There were multiple possibilities for
the study of art history in Oxford before then, with significant collections and outstanding scholars
in subjects that intersected with art history. In one year abroad the author took seminars with Jean
Seznec on Diderot, Sir John Beazley on Attic Vase Painting, Alessandro Passerin d’Entrèves on
Dante’s Divine Comedy, had consultations with the then Slade Professor Ernst Gombrich and spent
many hours studying drawing in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Art history; Oxford; Ernst Gombrich; Ashmolean Museum


The Edgar Wind Journal 3: 4-13, 2022
DOI: 10.53245/EWJ-000013
Copyright: © 2022 C. Eisler. This is an open access, peer-reviewed article published by Bernardino Branca