Anne Higonnet

Ann Whitney Olin Professor, Barnard

19th-century Arts; History of the History of Art
Ph.D., Yale University, 1988

Contact Information

Phone: (212) 854-5050
Office: 500M Diana Center
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 9-12


Anne Higonnet works on the history of art since the seventeenth century, on childhood, and on collecting.  A 1980 Harvard College B.A, she received her PhD from Yale University in 1988.  Her work has been supported by Getty, Guggenheim, and Social Science Research Council fellowships, as well as by grants from the Mellon, Howard and Kress Foundations. She has published five print books as well as many essays, and edited a partly-paper, partly-online project on Anna Hyatt Huntington’s 1902-1936 New York City sculpture. She lectures widely to public audiences, and is now Art Editor of Public Books. Recent work includes an essay on the Met's 1801 Portrait of Charlotte du Val d'Ognes and Sojourner Truth on the $20: an Op-Ed.

Selected Publications

A Museum of One's Own; Private Collecting, Public Gift, Periscope Publishing, 2009.

Lewis Carroll (Phaidon, 2008)

"Museum Sight." In Art and its Publics, ed. Andrew McClellan. Blackwell, 2003. 

Pictures of Innocence: The History and Crisis of Ideal Childhood (Interplay), Thames & Hudson, 1998.

"Myths of Creation. Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin." In Significant Others. eds. Isabelle de Courtivron & Whitney Chadwick, Thames & Hudson, 1993.

Essays on images. In Vol.s IV and V of The History of Women, eds. Michelle Perrot and Georges Duby, multiple American, European, and Asian editions, 1992-95.

Berthe Morisot's Images of Women. (Harvard University Press, 1992) 

Berthe Morisot. A Biography. (multiple editions 1989-95)