Art History

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

January 2020

  • Professor of Art and Art History Thomas Howe  recently published two invitational drawings in the celebration of the Tribunal de Contas de Portugal (the Portuguese Court of Auditors) at the 630th anniversary of its first Regulations. The publication is titled “O Número :  A Emblemática Tapeçaria que Almada Negreiros Concebeu para o Tribunal de Contas ”  (“ The Number:  The Iconic Tapestry Designed by Almada Negreiros for the Tribunal de Contas”), published in Portuguese. The drawings are from Howe’s publication with Ingrid Rowland, Vitruvius: The Ten Books on Architecture  (Cambridge University Press, 1999)—illustrations of the supposedly innate proportions of the Vitruvian “human.” The illustrations are a variation of the famous drawing by Leonardo da Vinci but show the ideal human as half male, half female—the first ever revision of the famous image of Leonardo’s male figure, based on the actual meaning of the term humanus , which is not gender specific in Latin.  The illustrations also appeared in a Portuguese translation of Vitruvius.





  • Associate Professor of Art History Allison Miller gave an invited lecture titled “Terracotta Warriors after the First Emperor: Re-Evaluating the Qin Legacy in the Han” on January 17, 2020, at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. The talk was the last of three talks Miller gave this academic year as a 2019–2020 Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) program lecturer.





  • Professor of Art History Thomas Noble Howe  has just published two invitational book chapters, “Hellenistic Architecture” (17,000 words) and “The Christian Roman Empire, A.D. 306–c. A.D. 500” (11,000 words), in the 21st edition of Sir Banister Fletcher’s A History of Architecture  (commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects and the University of London; published by, Bloomsbury Press,  pp. 284–331 and409–436). The Banister Fletcher is the oldest and arguably most prestigious repeatedly reedited history of architecture, first published in 1893. Howe has been invited to attend the presentation at the Royal Institute of British Architects and Bloomsbury Press in London on January 28. Both chapters are the only currently available one-volume histories of either period of architectural history.





November 2019

  • Associate Professor of Art History Allison Miller delivered two invited lectures titled “Terracotta Warriors after the First Emperor: Re-Evaluating the Qin Legacy in the Han” on November 6 and 7 at Valparaiso University, in Valparaiso, IN, and at DePaul University, in Chicago, IL. These talks were sponsored by the Valparaiso and Chicago chapters of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). Miller is a 2019–2020 AIA program lecturer.





September 2019

  • Professor of Art History and Scientific Director of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae (RAS) Foundation Thomas Noble Howe gave a presentation to faculty and administrators at Lyon College, in Batesville, AR, titled “The Synchronous International Classroom: New Directions for Cost Control of Liberal Arts Study-Abroad Programs.” Howe is working with several U.S. small colleges and consortia to establish a U.S.-accredited two-semester study-abroad center at the Vesuvian Institute of the RAS Foundation.





August 2019

  • This summer, Professor of Art History Thomas Noble Howe coordinated his 12th field season at the ancient Roman site of Stabiae near Pompeii, Italy, with teams from the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; the Technische Universität München (the Technical University of Munich, excavation and conservation); the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (LiDAR); and the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts (conservation). Howe also worked with the Cornell University garden excavation at the House of Regina Carolina in Pompeii, establishing recording techniques that he developed in Rome and Stabiae using a single total station surveying instrument to record all find spots and to do a “wireframe” high-precision surveyed drawing of the architecture.





  • Professor of Art and Art History Thomas Noble Howe  and Uri Dromi (director of the Mishkenot Sha’ananim Center in Jerusalem, former spokesman of the Rabin and Perez governments, and director of the Jerusalem Press Club) published the proceedings from an international conference they organized in Jerusalem in November 2008. The publication, The Roman Villa in the Mediterranean Basin  (Cambridge Press, 2018) is being reviewed by Elaine Gazda (University of Michigan) in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians in September 2019 (vol. 78, no. 3, pp. 347–349). JSAH is the major international scholarly venue for architectural history, and the review characterizes Howe and Dromi’s volume as “monumental.” Howe contributed a lead chapter and invited the contributors.





May 2019

  • Associate Professor of Art History Allison Miller gave an invited lecture titled “Terracotta Warriors after the First Emperor: Re-Evaluating the Qin Legacy in the Han” on May 5 at the Greenburgh Public Library in Elmsford, NY. The lecture was sponsored by the Westchester Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and the New York University Alumni Club of Westchester.





April 2019

  • Professor of Art and Art History Thomas Noble Howe  published a review of the book Autour des Machines de Vitruv, l’Ingénierie Romaine: Textes, Archéologie. et Restitution, Actes du Colloque Organizé par ERLIS à Caen  (3–4 Jin 2015; eds. Sophie Madelaine and Philippe Fleury, Presses Universitaries de Caen, 2017) for the April 2019 issue of The American Journal of Archaeology  (vol. 123, no. 2).





  • Professor of Art and Art History and Chair of Art History Thomas Noble Howe presented an invitational lecture titled “What Were the First Greek Architects: Designers, Engineers, or Polymaths?” at the conference “Firmitas/Aedificatio”: Die Materiellen, “Körperlichen” Grundlagen der (Gebauten) Architektur, 8. Architekturtheoretisches Kolloquium der Stiftung Bibliothek Werner Oechslin in Zusammenarbeit with Dr. Christiane Salge, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Einsiedeln, Switzerland, April 26, 2019. The presentation was in English, with discussion and questions in German, French, Italian, and English. The lecture expands on several recent responses to his dissertation (Harvard, 1985) to propose that monumental Greek architecture was created not by craftsmen from the nascent building professions but rather by polymath intellectuals.





March 2019

  • Associate Professor of Art History Allison Miller presented the paper “Sculpting an All-Inclusive Empire: The Hybrid Style of Han Dynasty Luxury Bronzes” at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, March 24. Her paper was presented as part of a panel titled “Empire Rediscovered: The Concept of Empire in Late Pre-Imperial and Early Imperial Archaeological and Transmitted Sources.”





February 2019

  • Associate Professor of Art History Allison Miller gave an invited lecture at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, on Feb. 12, 2019. Her talk was titled “The Archaeology of Colors: Polychromy and Classical Chinese Bronze Art.”





  • Professor of Art and Art History and Chair of Art History Thomas Noble Howe was invited to give a lecture on Feb. 15 at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Howe lectured on new interpretations of the recent excavations of the Roman villas of Stabiae near Pompeii. Howe is coordinator general of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation excavations. The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee will provide one of the field teams for this upcoming season.