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

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

Wharton, Annabel J. “The Baptistery of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and the Poltics of Sacred Landscape.” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 46 (1992): 313–25.

Wharton, Annabel J. “Gender, Architecture and Institutional Self-Presentation: The Case of Duke University.” South Atlantic Quarterly 90.1 (1991): 175–217.

Demus, O., and O. Wharton AJ. “The Mosaic Decoration of San Marco.” Speculum 65 (1990): 971–72.

Wharton, Annabel J. “Rereading Grabar's Martyrium: The Modernist and Postmodernist Texts.” Gesta 29, no. 1 (1990): 3–7.

Wharton, A. J. “Tenderness and Hegemony: Exporting the Virgin Eleousa.” Edited by Irving Lavin. World of Art: Themes of Unity in Diversity. Acts of the Xxvth International Congress of Art History, Washington, Dc I (1990): 71–80.

Herrin, J., J. M. Hussey, and J. M. Wharton AJ. “Formation of Christendom; History of the Orthodox Church.” Religious Studies Review 16 (1990): 347–347.

Wharton, Annabel Jane. “Ritual and Reconstructed Meaning: The Neonian Baptistery in Ravenna.” The Art Bulletin 69, no. 3 (September 1987): 358–75. Full Text

Demus, O., and O. Wharton AJ. “The Mosaics of San Marco in Venice.” Speculum 61 (1986): 915–18.