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curator , art historian

Colin Tobias Eisler, German art historian, curator. Commission Relief Belge fellow, 1953, 55; Ford fellow, 1959; Guggenheim fellow, 1960-1961; National Endowment for Humanities senior fellow, 1972-1973; American Council Learned Societies fellow, 1979; Delmas fellow, 1980, 2001; Kress travel grantee.


Eisler, Colin Tobias was born on March 17, 1931 in Hamburg, Germany. Son of George Bernard and Kate Minden (Basseches) Eisler. came to the United States, 1940, naturalized, 1946.


He studied at Oxford from 1952 to 1953, then completed his masters degree at Harvard University the following year. Eisler received his PhD from Harvard in 1957, and spent the following year as a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.


Instructor art, Yale University, 1955-1956;assistant professor, Yale University, 1956-1957;curator department print and drawings, Yale University, 1955-1957;fellow, Saybrook Collegemember of faculty, Harvard University, summer 1956;member of faculty, New York University Institute Fine Arts, 1958-1960;assistant professor, New York University Institute Fine Arts, 1960-1965;associate professor to professor, New York University Institute Fine Arts, 1965-1970;Robert Lehman professor art, New York University Institute Fine Arts, since 1977;research curator paintings department, Metropolitan Museum Art, New York City, 1958-1960;senior fellow center for advanced study in the visual arts, National Gallery of Art, 1987-1988. Past member visiting committee Smith College Art Museum, Wellesley College Art Museum. Secretary National Committee History of Art, 1958-1992.

Executive member Comité International pour l'histoire de l'art. Fellow Institute Advanced Study, 1957-1958. Distinguished visiting professor George Washington University, 1987-1988, Jewish Theological Seminary, 1992.

Member of advisory/selection committee American Academy in Berlin.



Member exbn. committee Jewish Museum, 1990-1993, Cooper-Hewitt Visiting Committee, International Center for Photography, 1988-1994. Jewish monuments committee World Monuments Commission. Member College Art Association (director 1958-1961), Renaissance Society of America (board directors since 1995), Drawing Center (board directors since 1975).

Clubs: Elizabethan.


Married Benita J. Blitzer, 1960. 1 child, Rachel.

George Bernard Eisler

Kate Minden (Basseches) Eisler

Benita J. Blitzer

Rachel Eisler