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, Annabel J. “Eglises a Colonnes de Goreme.” Archeologia 142 (1982): 83–86.

Curcic, S., and S. Wharton AJ. “Gracanica.” Speculum 56 (1981): 374–76.

Wharton, Annabel J. “Formulas for Salvation: A Comparison of Two Byzantine Monasteries and Their Founders.” Church History 50 (1981): 385–400.

Wharton, Annabel J. “The Middle Byzantine Sanctuary Barrier: templon Screen or Iconostasis?.” Journal of the British Archaeological Association 134 (1981): 1–27.

Wharton, Annabel J. “Middle Byzantine Churches of Kastoria in Greek Macedonia: Their Dates and Implications.” Art Bulletin 62 (1980): 190–207.

Wharton, Annabel J. “The Political Content of the Bema Frescoes of Saint Sophia in Ohrid.” Jahrbuch Der Oesterreichischen Byzantinistik 29 (1980): 315–29.

Wharton, Annabel J. “Problems of Provincialism: Byzantine Monasteries in Cappadocia and Monks in South Italy.” Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 42 (1979): 28–46.

Wharton, Annabel J. “Rock-cut Chapels in Cappadocia: the Column Churches and The yilanli Group.” Cahiers Archeologiques 15 (1975): 115–35.