Leo Steinberg




art historian. critic. professor.

Country of origin



Leo Steinberg was born in Russia in 1920 and lived in Berlin and London before emigrating to the United States in 1938. After studying at the Slade School of Art in London, he entered the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University in the mid-1950s (Ph.D., 1960), where he studied art and architecture with historians Harry Bober, Richard Krautheimer, Karl Lehmann, Wolfgang Lotz, Erwin Panofsky, Alfred Salmony and Charles Sterling. In 1958 and 1959 he was a guest of the American Academy in Rome, where he researched and wrote his dissertation on the baroque architect Francesco Borromini. Steinberg taught drawing and art history at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York from 1961 to 1975, and ended his teaching career as Benjamin Franklin Professor at the University of Pennsylvania (1975-1991). His lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Studio School in New York, Columbia University, and elsewhere attracted a broad audience of artists, art lovers and scholars. As an art critic, he is known for his writings on historical subjects and individual artists, as well as on modern and contemporary art subjects.

historian's relations

Slade School of Fine Art American poetry Karl Lehmann Harry Bober Rome United States of America Baroque Doctor of Philosophy Leo Steinberg Erwin Panofsky Richard Krautheimer Humboldt University of Berlin Wolfgang Lotz Russia art history University of London Sterling Trucks

Main works

Steinberg, L. (1960). San Carlo alle quattro Fontane. New York: New York University

Steinberg, L. (1963). Jasper Johns. New York: Wittenborn

Steinberg, L. (1972). Other Criteria: Confrontations with Twentieth-century Art. New York: Oxford University Press

Steinberg, L. (1975). Michelangelo's Last Paintings: the Conversion of St. Paul and the Crucifixion of St. Peter in the Cappella Paolina, Vatican Palace. London: Phaidon

Steinberg, L. (1977). Borromini's San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane. New York: Garland Park

Steinberg, L. (1983). The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion. New York: Pantheon Books

Steinberg, L. (2001). Leonardo's Incessant Last Supper. New York: Zone Books

About the scholar

Leo Steinberg


Leo Steinberg research papers