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Ackerman, Gerald M[artin]
January 1, 1928
Place Born: Alameda, CA
January 1, 1970
Gérôme and 19th-century French art scholar. Ackerman graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1952 with a B.A. He moved to Munich where he studied at the Maximillien University under Hans Sedlmayr (q.v.) between 1956-1958 before returning to the United States where he began teaching as an art history lecturer at Bryn Mawr. He received his MFA at Princeton University in 1960, continuing for his Ph.D. in 1964 with a thesis, written under Erwin Panofsky (q.v.) and Rensselaer Lee (q.v.), on the Trattato of Giovanni Lomazzo (q.v.). Ackerman was appointed assistant professor at Stanford University in 1965. In 1971 he moved to Pamona College as associate professor, becoming full professor in 1976. He was Fullbright Professor, University of Leningrad, in 1980. Ackerman taught as Appleton Distinguished Professor at Florida State University in 1994.
Sources: http://www.geraldmackerman.com [personal web page]; Who's Who in American Art, 1980.
Bibliography: Introduction. Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904). Dayton, OH: Dayton Art Institute, 1972; Vie et l’œuvre de Jean-Léon Gérôme. Courbevoie, Paris: ACR édition, 1986, English, The Life and Work of Jean-Léon Gérôme: with a Catalogue Raisonné. New York : Sotheby’s Publications, 1986; and Parrish, Graydon. Charles Bargue drawing course: with the collaboration of Jean-Léon Gérôme. Paris: ACR Edition, 2003.