Faculty Profile

Seymour Howard (1928-2018)
Professor Emeritus
Ancient and Modern Art History

Ph.D., University of Chicago

Appointed 1958, Department of Art and Art History
Emeritus 1993



Seymour Howard’s research interests included Classical art and its afterlife; restoration and fabrication of ancient sculpture; major issues of forms, dynamics and meanings in art history, theory, criticism, psychology and perception.  He lectured widely at international, national, and sectional archaeological and art historical congresses and museums, including the Louvre, British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Hermitage, the National Gallery, and the J. Paul Getty Museum, as well as major universities in the United States and abroad. He also created paintings, posters, and sculpture in various media which he exhibited nationally and internationally since 1952. 



Selected Publications

Art and Imago: Essays on Art as a Species of Autobiography (London: Pindar Press, 1997)

“Some Eighteenth-Century ‘Restored’ Boxers” in Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, ed. G. H. Gombrich. 56 (1993) pp. 238-255

“The Revival of Ancient Archaic Art in the Late Eighteenth Century and the Use of Archaising Postures and Modes in Drama and Living Sculpture” in Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, Vol. 192, Blake, No. 1900 (1980)

A Classical Frieze by Jacques Louis David: Sacrifice of the Hero: the Roman Years (Sacramento, Calif.: Crocker Art Museum, 1975)

“An Antiquarian Handlist and Beginnings of the Pio-Clementino” in Eighteenth-Century Studies, No. 7 (1973)

“The Lansdowne Bust of the Athena of Velletri” in Bulletin of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Vol. 17, No. 1 (1965) 

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