Thomas Howe

Professor of Art and Art History Thomas Noble Howe was one of the few authors to contribute two chapters—“Hellenistic” and “Christian Roman Empire”—to the book Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture (21st edition, Bloomsbury, 2020), which has just been awarded the prestigious Colvin Prize for 2020 by the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.

—January 2021

Professor of Art and Art History Thomas Noble Howe contributed four drawings and a short chapter in the recently published book The Artemis Temple at Sardis, by Fikret Yegül (Harvard University Press, 2020). Yegül arrived independently at the same conclusion about the chronology proposed circa 1985 by Howe.

—January 2021

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.

—January 2020

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’sA 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.

—January 2020

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.

—September 2019