Pamela Askew

American art historian

1925   -   1997

country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: Courtauld Institute of Art
occupation: art historian

Pamela Askew (February 2, 1925 – June 24, 1997) was an American art historian who wrote influential works on Domenico Fetti and Caravaggio. Askew's father was Arthur McComb, Professor of baroque art at Vassar and Harvard Universities, and author of the influential Agnolo Bronzino: His Life and Works (1928). She grew up in New York City with her mother, Constance, and step-father, R. Kirk Askew Jr., a Park Avenue art dealer.She did undergraduate studies at Vassar College, followed by an MA in Art History at the Institute of Fine Art in New York, with a thesis on Perino del Vaga. She took her Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, in 1954, under Johannes Wilde with work on Domenico Fetti.On 26 March 1955 she married Timothy John Oswald Mosley, an Englishman educated at Eton College, who had served in the Coldstream Guards. She returned to teach at Vassar, becoming a full professor in 1969. She died of lymphoma in 1997.
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Caravaggio's 'Death of the Virgin'

1990 book by Pamela Askew

author: Pamela Askew


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