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Gardner, Helen (1878–1946)

Gardner, Helen (1878–1946)

American art historian. Born Mar 17, 1878, in Manchester, New Hampshire; died June 4, 1946, in Chicago, Illinois; dau. of Charles Frederick Gardner (merchant tailor and Baptist deacon) and Marth Washington (Cunningham) Gardner; sister of Effie Gardner (principal at Brooks Classical School); University of Chicago, AB, 1901, MA in art history, 1917.

Developed art history curriculum (early 1920s) at Art Institute of Chicago where she later went on to become professor and head of art history department (1933); wrote art history textbook Art Through the Ages (1926) which was widely used for many years; retired from Art Institute (1943); other writings include Understanding the Arts (1932).

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