John Onians, Prof. Dr. phil., is Professor of Visual Arts and Director of the World Art Research Programme at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England. He received a postgraduate diploma in the History of European Art from London University, where he completed his Ph. D. in History of Art. Over the course of his academic career he has held numerous scholarships and has been a Visiting Professor at universities and institutions in Europe, Asia, the United States, and Australia, and was founding editor of the journal Art History.
His books include: Bearers of Meaning. The Classical Orders in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Princeton 1988; Classical Art and the Cultures of Greece and Rome, London/New Haven 1999; Architecture and Painting: the biological connection, in: Christy Anderson/Karen Koehler (Ed.), The Built Surface, Vol. 1: Architecture and the pictorial arts from Antiquity to the Enlightenment, London 2002, pp.1–14; Inside the Brain: looking for the origins of the history of art, in: Margaretha Rossholm Lagerlof (Ed.), Subjectivity and the Methodology of Art History, Stockholm 2003; (Ed.), Atlas of World Art, London 2004 [German edition: Köln 2004, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish editions 2005].