Emeritus Professor

University of East Anglia

John Onians taught at the University of East Anglia from 1971 to 2007 after study at the University of Cambridge and at the Courtauld and Warburg Institutes, London. His interests range from the close analysis of Italian Renaissance Architecture and Greek and Roman Art to experimentation with broad approaches to art as a worldwide phenomenon, such as art geography. Most recently he has explored the use of neuroscience for the study of art-related behaviours, pioneering neuroarthistory, neuroarchaeology, neuroanthropology and neuromuseology. His books include Bearers of Meaning. The Classical Orders in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (1988) and Classical Art and the Cultures of Greece and Rome (1999). He was founding editor of the journal Art History (1978-88) and he edited the first Atlas of World Art (2004). He is currently writing a Neuroarthistory of Europe.

Founding Editor of the journal Art History from its launch in 1978 to 1988, John Onians (b. 1942) is Emeritus Professor School of World Art Studies at the University of East Anglia. A specialist in world art studies and architectural theory of Italian Renaissance, Onians studied Classics at Cambridge (1963), followed by a diploma at the Courtauld Institute before obtaining a PhD from the Warburg Institute in 1968 under the supervision of Ernst Gombrich.

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