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

Morganstern, J., and J. Wharton AJ. “The Byzantine Church at Dereagzi and Its Decoration.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 45 (1986): 167–69.

Skawran, K., and K. Wharton AJ. “Middle Byzantine Fresco Painting in Greece.” Byzantine Studies 12 (1985).

Head, C., and C. Wharton AJ. “Byzantine Imperial Portraits.” Speculum 59 (1984): 235–36.

Wharton, Annabel J. “The Date and Significance of the Cathedral of Canosa in Apulia, South Italy.” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 37 (1983): 79–90.

Wharton, Annabel J. “The Chronology of the Construction and Decoration of St. Neophytos in Cyprus.” Byzantine Studies 10 (1983): 71–80.

Labreque-Pervouchine, N., and N. Wharton AJ. “L’iconostase. Evolution historique en Russie.” Speculum 58 (1983): 767–69.

Malquist, T., and T. Wharton AJ. “Byzantine 12th Century Frescoes in Kastoria.” Byzantine Studies 10 (1983): 422–24.

Thierry, N., C. Walter, and C. Wharton AJ. “Peintures de Asie Mineure; Studies in Byzantine Iconography.” Byzantine Studies 9 (1982): 374–76.

Wharton, Annabel J. “The Rebuilding and Redecoration of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople: a Reconsideration.” Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies 23 (1982): 79–92.