Barbara Maria Stafford

Barbara Maria Stafford (* 1941) ist eine US-amerikanische Kunsthistorikerin.


Stafford schloss 1964 ihr Studium der Philosophie und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft an der Northwestern University mit einem B. A. ab, setzte das Studium 1961 bis 1962 an der Sorbonne in Paris fort und erwarb schließlich 1966 den M. A. in Kunstgeschichte (Art History) an der Northwestern University. 1972 promovierte sie dann an der University of Chicago zum Ph.D. in Kunstgeschichte.

Sie lehrte am National College of Education (1969–70), an der Loyola University, Chicago (1971–72), an der University of Delaware (1972–73), an der University of Chicago (1973–81) sowie als William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor (1981–95).


  • Symbol and Myth. Humbert de Superville's Essay on Absolute signs in Art. Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses, 1979.
  • Voyage into Substance. Art, Science, Nature and the Illustrated Travel Account, 1760-1840. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 1984.
  • Body Criticism. Imaging the Unseen in Enlightenment Art and Medicine. Cambridge, MA und London: MIT Press, 1991.
  • Artful Science. Enlightenment, Entertainment and the Eclipse of Visual Education. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1994.
  • Good Looking. Essays on the Virtue of Images. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1996.
  • Visual Analogy. Consciousness as the Art of Connecting. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1999.
  • Zs. mit Frances Terpak: Devices of Wonder. From the World in a Box to Images on a Screen. Catalog for an exhibition at the Getty Research, November 13, 2001 to February 6, 2002. (Getty Research Institute, 2001) Getty Catalog Press Release.


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