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, Ann Whitney Olin Professor at Barnard, works on eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth century art, childhood, and collecting. A Harvard College B.A, she received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1988. She has published five print books and dozens of articles on topics ranging from Impressionism to contemporary photography. Her many awards include Guggenheim, Getty, Social Science Research Council fellowships, and a Barnard Presidential Research Award, as well as grants from the Howard and Kress Foundations. In the fall of 2013 she organized a collaborative book-scale project with 20 Phd, MA and BA students which resulted in an exhibition at Columbia's Wallach Gallery, a print catalogue, a print article, and a group web-site. In the spring of 2014 she gave a three-part lecture program for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and another is scheduled for spring of 2015. She is currently working on a project to enter into eighteenth-century period rooms through digital technology, thanks to a major grant from the Mellon Foundation.

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)