Peter Murray (art historian)

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Peter John Murray (London, 1920 – 1992, Farnborough, Warwickshire)[1] was a Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck College, London, from 1967,[2] succeeding Nikolaus Pevsner. He retired in 1980 and was succeeded by John Steer.[1]

Together with his wife Linda Murray (née Bramley), Peter wrote key primers about Italian Renaissance art that have been used by generations of students. Following Peter's death, The Guardian obituary called them a "diptych of art historians". Linda Murray also wrote several books on her own.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Wölfflin, Heinrich. Classic art: An introduction to the Italian Renaissance. London: Phaidon, 1952. (Translated with Linda Murray)
  • An index of attributions made in Tuscan sources before Vasari. Florence: L.S. Olschki, 1959.
  • Penguin dictionary of art and artists. Penguin, 1959.
  • The art of the renaissance. London: Thames & Hudson, 1963. (with Linda Murray) ISBN 9780500200087
  • A history of English architecture. Part II. New York: Arco Pub. Co. 1963.
  • The architecture of the Italian Renaissance. London: Batsford,1963.
  • The High Renaissance and Mannerism. London: Thames & Hudson, 1967. (with Linda Murray)
  • Burckhardt, Jacob. The architecture of the Italian Renaissance. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985. (Revised and edited)


  1. ^ a b Murray, Peter [John]. Dictionary of Art Historians, 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013. Archived here.
  2. ^ Murray Bequest. Birkbeck College, 27 March 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2013. Archived here.