Annabel J. Wharton

Annabel J. Wharton

William B. Hamilton Professor of Art and Art History

External address: 
114 South Buchanan Blvd, Smith Warehouse Bay 9, A288a Box 90766, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90766, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 684-2495

ANNABEL WHARTON, William B. Hamilton Professor of Art History, Duke University, and Vincent Scully Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture in 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]). Then she began to investigate the effects of modernity on ancient landscapes, notably in Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture (Chicago, 2001). She has combined her interests in the Ancient and the Modern in her last two books: Selling Jerusalem: Relics, Replicas, Theme Parks (Chicago, 2006) and Architectural Agents: The Delusional, Abusive, Addictive Lives of Buildings (Minnesota, 2015). Architectural Agents 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, tentatively titled Manipulating Models.


  • Ph.D., University of London (UK) 1975
  • M.A., University of Chicago 1969
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin at Madison 1966

Wharton, A. J. “Byzantine Art; Hagia Sophia.” In World Book Encyclopedia. Chicago, 1998.

Wharton AJ, Baptistery. “Various.” In Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. Oxford University Press, 1991.

Wharton, A. J. “Cappadocia.” In Dictionary of the Middle Ages. New York, 1981.

Wharton, A. J. “’Iconoclast’ Chapels in Cappadocia.” In Iconoclasm, edited by A. Bryer and J. Herrin, 103–12. University of Birmingham, 1975.


Wharton, A. J. “Medieval Cyprus: Studies in Art, Architecture and History in Memory of Doula Mouriki.” Edited by N. Sevcenko and C. Moss. Speculum 77 (2002): 244–47.

Wharton, Annabel J. “Height of Fashion.” New Statesman 14 (2001): 38–41.

Wharton, A. J. “Economy, Architecture and Cold War Politics: the Istanbul Hilton.” Edited by C. D. W. Goodwin and N. DeMarchi. Economic Engagements With Art, 1999, 285–300.

Heldman, Mariyn E., and Mariyn E. Wharton AJ. “The Marian Icons of the Painter Fre Seyon: A Study in Fifteenth-Century Ethiopian Art, Patronage, and Spiritual.” African Arts, 1996.

Wharton, Annabel J. “Westminster Cathedral: Medieval Architectures and Religious Difference.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 26, no. 3 (1996): 523–55.

Matthews, Thomas, and Thomas Wharton AJ. “Clash of the Gods.” American Historical Review 100 (1995): 1518–19.

Connor, Carolyn, and Carolyn Wharton AJ. “Art and Miracles in Byzantium.” The American Historical Review 97 (1992): 1195–1195.

Cameron, Averil, and Averil Wharton AJ. “Christianity and the Rhetoric of Empire.” Art Bulletin 74 (1992): 511–12.