Wednesday, January 4, 2017

James Ackerman, esteemed architectural historian and scholar of italian renaissance, has passed away




The Architectural Historian James Ackerman passed away. he died at the age of 97 on december 31, 2016. Ackerman became a prolific scholar of Italian Renaissance Architects Michelangelo and Palladio as well as the architectural theory behind the renaissance itself too.

Born in San Francisco on November 8, 1919, he studied at the Cate College in Carpinteria, California, later attended Yale University and the Institute of fine arts, New York University where he finished his Ph.d. in 1952. All through this WWII, he served within the U.S. Military in Italy which allowed him to pattern Italian Renaissance Architecture.

In 1969, Ackerman became a Slade Professor at Cambridge University; the Slade Professorship of fine-art is the oldest professorship of art at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and London. Top notch books include: Palladio (Architect and Society); The Architecture of Michelangelo; The Villa: Form and Ideology of Country Houses and Distant Points: Studies in Theory and Renaissance Art and Architecture.

Courtesy :Jill Slosburg-Ackerman
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