By Marjorie Munsterberg

Writing About Art

About the Author

Email: [email protected]


Ph.D., Columbia University, 1983 (Dissertation topic: The Image of the Artist: J.M.W. Turner, 1800-1819)

B.A., Wellesley College, 1973


The history of writing about painting in English



Writing About Art. CreateSpace, 2009. Also available in a Kindle edition and at

World Ceramics. Co-author with Hugo Munsterberg. New York: Penguin/Studio, 1998

Photography and Architecture: 1839-1939. Co-author with Catherine Evans Inbusch. Exh. cat. NY/Montreal: Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1982. Pp. 217-77


"Writing about the Ymage in 15th-century England." Journal of Art Historiography No. 22 (June 2020): 1-30, Appendix, 1-11.

"The Beginning of Writing about Painting in English. Chaucer to Shakespeare." British Art Journal XVIII.1 (2017): 12-25  [PDF]

"The Beginning of British Art Criticism in the 1760s." British Art Journal XV, 1 (2014): 82-94  [PDF]

"Ruskin's Turner: the Making of a Romantic Hero." British Art Journal X, 1 (2009): 61-71  [PDF]

“Naked or Nude? A Battle among French Critics of the Mid-Nineteenth Century.” Arts Magazine 62 (April 1988): 40-7  [PDF]

“Louis de Clercq’s ‘Stations of the Cross’.” Arts Magazine 61 (May 1987): 48-53  [PDF]

“A Biographical Sketch of Robert Macpherson.” Art Bulletin LXVIII (1986): 142-53  [PDF]

“Turner’s ‘Fall of the Rhine at Schaffhausen’.” Record of the Art Museum, Princeton University 44 (No. 2, 1985): 24-31  [PDF]

“The World Viewed: Works of Nineteenth-Century Realism.” Studies in Visual Communication 8 (Summer 1982): 55-69  [PDF]

"Clarence Kennedy." MoMA No. 1 (Autumn 1974): 3  [PDF]

Book Reviews:

"Review of Mr. Collier's Letter Racks: A Tale of Art and Illusion at the Threshold of the Modern Information Age, by Dror Wahrman (Oxford, 2012)." Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 13, 1 (Spring 2014):

"Review of The Hare with Amber Eyes, by Edmond de Waal (New York, 2010)." Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 10, 2 (Autumn 2011):

"Review of Vistas de EspaƱa. American Views of Art and Life in Spain, 1860-1914, by M. Elizabeth Boone (New Haven, CT, 2007)." Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 10, 1 (Spring 2011):

"Review of The Unknown Monet. Pastels and Drawings, by James A. Ganz and Richard Kendall (Williamstown, MA, 2007)." (25 June 2008)

“Review of Samuel Palmer, 1805-1881: Vision and Landscape, by William Vaughan et al. (Burlington, VT, 2005).” (5 December 2006)

“Review of Seurat and the Making of La Grande Jatte, by Robert L. Herbert et al. (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 2004).” (9 February 2005)

“Review of Corot in Italy. Open-Air Painting and the Classical Landscape Tradition, by Peter Galassi (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991).” College Art Journal 51 (Spring 1992): 113-5  [PDF]

“J.M.W. Turner for Our Age.” College Art Journal 49 (Winter 1990): 434-7  [PDF]

“Review of The Book and the Image, The History of Photography in the Holy Land, 1839-1899, by Yeshayahu Nir (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1985).” Journal of Communication 36 (Spring 1986): 159-62  [PDF]



2019-20, Instructor, Scholars' Writing Workshop, Frick Art Reference Library

2003-2011, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art Department, CCNY, CUNY

Fall 2010, Lecturer, Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York

Fall 2009, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art History, Parsons The New School of Design

Fall 2008, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Visual Arts, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Summer and Fall 2004, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Queens College, CUNY

1994-2002, Lecturer, Summer Session, Columbia University

1989, Substitute Assistant Professor, Baruch College, CUNY

1987-8, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Baruch, and Tisch School of the Arts, NYU

1983-4, Visiting Assistant Professor, Columbia University

Summer 1983, Instructor, Columbia University

Spring 1983, Visiting lecturer, Vassar College, and Preceptor, Columbia

1977-9, Preceptor, Columbia University


2011-17, Member-at-Large, Board of AHNCA (

2008-11, Field Editor for Nineteenth-Century Art,

1979-82, Associate Curator of Photography, Canadian Centre for Architecture

1973-4, Curatorial Intern, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art



2007, grant from PSC-CUNY Professional Development Fund

1986-7, J. Paul Getty Fellow in the History of Art and the Humanities, IFA, NYU

1984-6, Mellon Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University


Public Landscapes. Photography exhibition. The Museum of Modern Art, 1974

The Partial Witness. Photography exhibition and catalogue. Wellesley College, 1973