Dates: 1920-2011

Nationality: American

Leo Steinberg (born July 9, 1920, Moscow) was an American art critic and art historian and a naturalized citizen of the U.S. Steinberg has won literary awards as well as awards for his criticism. He was professor of the History of Art at Hunter College, and a Benjamin Franklin and University Professor of the History of Art, Emeritus, at the University of Pennsylvania. Steinberg is known for his work in several areas of Art History, notably Renaissance art and Modernism.

The whole of the Summer, 1983, issue of October was dedicated to Steinberg’s essay The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion, later published as a book by Random House. In that essay, Steinberg examined a previously ignored pattern in Renaissance art: the prominent display of the genitals of the infant Christ, and the attention drawn again to that area in images of Christ near the end of his life.

In Tom Wolfe’s 1975 book, The Painted Word, Steinberg was labeled one of the “kings of Cultureburg” for the enormous degree of influence that his criticism, along with that of other “kings,” Clement Greenberg and Harold Rosenberg, exerted over the world of modern art at the time. However, Steinberg, who originally trained as an artist but earned a PhD in Art History, moved away from art criticism, concentrating on academic art-historical studies of such artists and architects as Borromini, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci.

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