Oleg Grabar

Oleg Grabar
1929-2011
Islamic Art and Culture
Professor Emeritus
School of Historical Studies

Oleg Grabar’s research has had a profound and far-reaching influence on the study of Islamic art and architecture. His extensive archaeological expeditions and research trips cover the vast expanse of the Islamic world in Africa, the Middle East, and Muslim Asia. Grabar’s many authoritative books include The Formation of Islamic Art (1973);Epic Images and Contemporary History: The Illustrations of the Great Mongol Shahnama (with Sheila Blair, 1980); The Mediation of Ornament (1992); The Shape of the Holy: Early Islamic Jerusalem (1996); Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Post-Classical World (edited with Glen Bowersock and Peter Brown, 1999);Mostly Miniatures: An Introduction to Persian Painting (2000); Islamic Art and Architecture 650–1250 (with Richard Ettinghausen and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina, 2001); Masterpieces of Islamic Art: The Decorated Page from the 8th to the 17th Century (2009); and eighty-three articles gathered in four volumes under the title Constructing the Study of Islamic Art (2005–06).

Princeton University, Ph.D. 1955; University of Michigan, Instructor 1954–55, Assistant Professor 1955–59, Associate Professor 1959–64, Professor 1964–69; Harvard University, Professor 1969–80, Chairman of the Department of Fine Arts 1977–82, Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture 1980–90, Emeritus Professor 1990–2011; Institute for Advanced Study, Professor 1990–98, Professor Emeritus 1998–2011; Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Institut de France, Corresponding Member; American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member; American Philosophical Society, Member; Austrian Academy, Honorary Member; British Academy, Corresponding Fellow; Medieval Academy of America, Member; University of California, Los Angeles, Giorgio Levi Della Vida Medal 1996; Charles Lang Freer Medal 2001; College Art Association, Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing in Art 2005