Eliza Allen Starr

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Eliza Allen Starr
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American artist, educator, and lecturer
Born (1824-08-29)August 29, 1824
Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA
Died September 8, 1901(1901-09-08) (aged 77)
Durand, Illinois, USA
Occupation Artist, educator, and lecturer

Eliza Allen Starr (August 29, 1824—September 8, 1901) was an American artist, art critic, teacher, and lecturer. She was known throughout the United States and Europe for her books about Catholic art.[1] Born in Massachusetts, Starr moved to Chicago in 1856, where she taught art and began to lecture throughout the city and around the United States.[2] A convert from Unitarianism to Catholicism,[1] in 1885 she became the first woman to be awarded the Laetare Medal, the most prestigious honour given to American Catholics.[3] Pope Leo XIII sent her a medallion after she wrote The Three Archangels and the Guardian Angels in Art.[2] Starr was also awarded a medal for her work as an art educator, based on displays of her students' work at the World's Columbian Exposition.[4] She was the aunt of and a large influence on Ellen Gates Starr.[1]


Works by Eliza Allen Starr include:

  • Songs of a Lifetime
  • Patron Saints
  • Pilgrims and Shrines
  • Isabella of Castile
  • What we see
  • Ode to Christopher Columbus
  • Christmas-tide
  • Christian art in our own age
  • The Seven Dolours of the Virgin Mary
  • Literature of Christian Art
  • The Three Keys to the Camera della Segnatura in the Vatican
  • Art in the Chicago Churches
  • Woman's Work in Art
  • The Three Archangels and the Guardian Angels in Art


  1. ^ a b c Bissell Brown, Victoria, 2007, The Education of Jane Addams, University of Pennsylvania Press, ISBN 0-8122-1952-X.
  2. ^ a b Wikisource-logo.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Eliza Allen Starr". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 
  3. ^ Eliza Allen Starr Papers, University of Notre Dame.
  4. ^ Rev. James J. McGovern, D.D., ed., The Life and Letters of Eliza Allen Starr (Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1905).

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Eliza Allen Starr". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton. 

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