Student, University Michigan, 1943. Master of Arts, University Chicago, 1948. Doctor of Philosophy, University Chicago, 1957.
Postgraduate, University Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, 1950. Postgraduate, University Florence, Italy, 1952.
Instructor, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1952-1953; director, U. Kansas Museum Art, 1953-1961; associate professor of history art, U. Kansas Museum Art, 1957-1961; professor art, University of Chicago, 1961-1988; professor emeritus, University of Chicago, since 1988; chairman art Department, University Chicago, 1961-1964; director, D. and A. Smart Gallery, University of Chicago, 1972-1983. Cons. S.H. Kress Foundation.
Served with United States Army Air Force, 1943-1945. Member College Art Association, American Association University Professors, Phi Beta Kappa.
Son of Andrew J. and Bozena (Slezak) M. M. Inge Besas, March 31, 1956.