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Annabel J. Wharton, William B. Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Art and Art History

Annabel J. WhartonSpecialization:

    Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture
    Architectural History
    Medieval Architecture
    Modern Architecture
    Religious Visual Culture
    New Technologies for Visualizing Historical Materials

Research Interests:

Current projects:

    Models: Ambivalence and Manipulation

ANNABEL WHARTON, William B. Hamilton Professor of Art History, Duke University, and Vincent Scully Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture in Fall, 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]). Later she began to investigate the effects of modernity on ancient landscapes, first in Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture (Chicago, 2001) and then in Selling Jerusalem: Relics, Replicas, Theme Parks (Chicago, 2006). Her most recent book, Architectural Agents: The Delusional, Abusive, Addictive Lives of Buildings , will be published by Minnesota. It 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.


  • Ph.D. University of London (United Kingdom) 1975
  • M.A. The University of Chicago 1969
  • B.S. University of Wisconsin - Madison 1966

Contact Info:

Office Location:  114 South Buchanan Blvd, Smith Warehouse Bay 9, A288a Box 90766, Durham, NC 2770
Email Address:   wharton@duke.edu
Web Page:   https://sites.duke.edu/annabelwharton/

Teaching (Spring 2023):

  • Arthist 490s.01, Special topics Synopsis
    Smith wrhs a290, Tu 07:00 PM-09:30 PM
  • Hcvis 581s.01, Hist & cult viz proseminar 2 Synopsis
    Smith wrhs a233, W 01:45 PM-04:15 PM

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Wharton, AJ. Selling Jerusalem: Relics, Replicas, Themeparks. University of Chicago Press, (2006).
  2. Wharton, AJ. Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, (2001). (selected as one of the best books of 2001 by the Economist)
  3. Wharton, AJ. Refiguring the Post Classical City: Dura Europos, Jerash, Jerusalem and Ravenna. New York: Cambridge University Press, (1995).
  4. Wharton, AJ. Art of Empire: Painting and Architecture of the Byzantine Periphery. A Comparative Study of Four Provinces. University Park, Pa & London: Pennsylvania State University Press, (1988).
  5. Wharton, AJ. Tokali Kilise. Tenth Century Metropolitan Art in Byzantine Cappadocia, Dumbarton Oaks Studies XXII. Washinton, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees of Harvard University, (1986).
  6. Kazhdan, AP; Wharton AJ,. Change in Byzantine Culture in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries. Berkeley/Los Angeles: University of California Press, (1985). (Reprinted in paperback, 1990)