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Pamela Askew

Pamela Askew

Pamela Askew (February 2, 1925 – June 24, 1997) was an American art historian who wrote influential works on Domenico Fetti and Caravaggio.

Pamela Askew
BornFebruary 2, 1925
Poughkeepsie, New York, US
DiedJune 24, 1997(1997-06-24) (aged 72)
Poughkeepsie, New York, US
AwardsACLS Fellowship (1965)[1]
CAA Distinguished Teaching Award for Art History (1988)[2]
Academic background
Alma materVassar College
Courtauld Institute of Art
Academic work
Main interestsArt history
Notable worksCaravaggio's 'Death of the Virgin' (Princeton, 1990)

Askew's father was Arthur McComb, Professor of baroque art at Vassar College and Harvard University, and author of the influential Agnolo Bronzino: His Life and Works (1928). She grew up in New York City with her mother, Constance, and step-father, R. Kirk Askew Jr., a Park Avenue art dealer.[3]

She did undergraduate studies at Vassar College, followed by an MA in Art History at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts, with a thesis on Perino del Vaga. She took her Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, in 1954, under Johannes Wilde with work on Domenico Fetti.[2]

On 26 March 1955, she married Timothy John Oswald Mosley, an Englishman educated at Eton College, who had served in the Coldstream Guards.[3] She returned to teach at Vassar, becoming a full professor in 1969. She died of lymphoma in 1997.[2]

Selected works


  • Askew, Pamela (1990). Caravaggio's Death of the Virgin. Princeton New Jersey: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0691039831.[4][5][6][7]
  • Askew, Pamela (1984). Claude Lorrain 1600–1682: a symposium. Washington: National Gallery of Art.
  • Askew, Pamela (1953). Domenico Fetti. London, UK: University of London (Courtauld Institute of Art).

Scholarly articles

  • Askew, Pamela (June 1978). "Ferdinando Gonzaga's Patronage of the Pictorial Arts: The Villa Favorita". The Art Bulletin. 60 (2): 274–96. doi:10.2307/3049783. JSTOR 3049783.
  • Askew, Pamela (February 1978). "Fetti's 'Portrait of an Actor' Reconsidered". The Burlington Magazine. 120 (899): 59–65. JSTOR 879098.
  • Askew, Pamela (1969). "The Angelic Consolation of St. Francis of Assisi in Post-Tridentine Italian Painting". Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes. 32: 280–306. doi:10.2307/750615. JSTOR 750615.
  • Askew, Pamela (June 1961). "Fetti's 'Martyrdom' at the Wadsworth Atheneum". The Burlington Magazine. 103 (699): 245–252. JSTOR 873330.
  • Askew, Pamela (March 1961). "The Parable Paintings of Domenico Fetti". The Art Bulletin. College Art Association. 43 (1): 21–45. doi:10.2307/3047929. JSTOR 3047929.


  1. "ACLS Fellowships". Art Journal. 24 (3): 243. Spring 1965. JSTOR 774700.
  2. Rubinstein, Ruth (July 1998). "Pamela Askew (1925–97)". The Burlington Magazine. 140 (114): 478. JSTOR 887937.
  3. Editorial (27 March 1955). "Miss Askew bride of T.J.O. Mosley" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  4. Moir, Alfred (October 1991). "Caravaggio's "Death of the Virgin" by Pamela Askew". The Catholic Historical Review. 77 (4): 697–698. JSTOR 25023670.
  5. Thomas, Troy (Winter 1991). "Caravaggio's "Death of the Virgin." by Pamela Askew". The Sixteenth Century Journal. 22 (4): 812–813. doi:10.2307/2542414. JSTOR 2542414.
  6. Christiansen, Keith (1992). "Caravaggio's 'Death of the Virgin' by Pamela Askew". Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte. 55 (2): 297–302. doi:10.2307/1482619. JSTOR 1482619.
  7. Spear, Richard (Spring 1992). "Caravaggio's Death of the Virgin. by Pamela Askew". Renaissance Quarterly. 45 (1): 166–70. doi:10.2307/2862846. JSTOR 2862846.
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