Barbara Maria Stafford
Prof. Dr. Barbara Maria Stafford

Professorin für Kunstgeschichte
Unviversity of Chicago

26.06.2003, Towards a Cognitive Image History: From Iconic Turn to Neuronal Aesthetics

Curriculum vitae

William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor



Northwestern University B.A. 1964 (Philosophy and Comparative Literature)

Sorbonne, Paris 1961-62 (Philosophy and Comparative Literature)

Northwestern University M.A. 1996 (Art History) (Schwartz Award for Research)

Warburg Institute, London 1968, 70 (Kress Fellow, A.A.U.W. Hilda Stein Fellow, and US-Netherlands Grant)

University of Chicago Ph.D. 1972 (Art History) (With honors)



National College of Education 1969-70, 1971-72 Assistant Professor

Loyola University, Chicago 1972-73 Assistant Professor

University of Delaware 1973-81 Assistant and Associate Professor

University of Chicago 1981-

1995- Professor; William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor




Honorary Degrees

Maryland Institute, College of Art 1996

Grand Valley State University, Michigan 1998


University of Delaware Excellence-in-Teaching Award 1976



University of Chicago


  • Symbol and Myth: Humbert de Superville´s Essay on Absolute signs in Art. Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses, 1979.
  • Voyage into Substance: Art, Science, Nature and the Illustrated Travel Account, 1760-1840. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 1984.
  • Body Criticism: Imaging the Unseen in Enlightenment Art and Medicine. Cambridge, MA and London: MIT Press, 1991.
  • Artful Science. Enlightenment, Entertainment and the Eclipse of Visual Education. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1994.
  • Good Looking. Essays on the Virtue of Images. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1996.
  • Visual Analogy: Consciousness as the Art of Connecting. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1999.
  • Devices of Wonder: From the World in a Box to Images on a Screen, (coauthor: Frances Terpak) Catalog for an exhibition at the Getty Research, November 13, 2001 to February 6, 2002. (Getty Research Institute, 2001) Getty Catalog Press Release

Letzte Änderung: 15.01.2006