Prof. John White

It is with great sadness that we report to our members the death of Prof. John White at the age of 97. John was one of the key instigators in the founding of the Association of Art Historians in 1974, and served as chair of the Association from 1976 to 1980. During his chairmanship he was Durning-Lawrence Professor of History of Art at University College London (1971-1990), having previously been Pilkington Professor of History of Art at the University of Manchester and Director of the Whitworth Art Gallery (1959-1966). A scholar of medieval and Renaissance art, John White studied at the Courtauld Institute in the late 1940s before completing a PhD at the Warburg Institute in 1952. His publications include the books The Birth and Rebirth of Pictorial Space (1957), Art and Architecture in Italy, 1250 to 1400 (1966), and Duccio: Tuscan Art and the Medieval Workshop (1979).

Dr. Jutta Vinzent

Also, with great sadness, we announce the death of Dr. Jutta Vinzent, Associate Professor in Art History, Curating and Visual Studies at the University of Birmingham. In addition to her university job, Jutta served the field more broadly as an active and committed member of the Higher Education Committee and as a founding member of the Conference Committee of the AAH. She recently curtailed her activity due to ill health and we were shocked to learn of her passing only days ago. Jutta enthusiastically espoused the aim of the Higher Education Committee to share information and experience across the art history sector in HE. In this spirit, she worked with Greg Perry on a joint resource for teaching art history in universities during Covid and its second, more general iteration, a resource for teaching art history online. Her sincere desire to contribute to our field was also evident in her work on the Association’s conference committee where she undertook, with other committee members, the review of session proposals and made suggestions for keynote speakers that would be representative of the breadth of art history, thinking beyond her own specialisation. She was a fiercely intelligent and deeply honourable individual. We shall miss her very much.

For those who would like to leave a message, please note that Jutta’s colleagues at the University of Birmingham have created an online condolence book.

CORRECTION: We regret to say we misspelt our colleague, Dr. Jutta Vinzent’s surname in our November newsletter, which was transmitted on 18 Nov 2021, as Vincent. We are sorry for this oversight.