Title: Art Historian, Educator
Company: Columbia University
Location: New York, New York, United States
Richard Brilliant, PhD, Art Historian and Educator at Columbia University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the Humanities.
From 1990 to 2004, Dr. Brilliant served as the Anna S. Garbedian Professor in the Humanities at Columbia, and was frequently asked to visit other universities for his expertise in art history and archaeology. Since 2004, he has held the title of professor emeritus, a rank of success attributed to his longevity, reasonably curious nature, as well as his enormous persistence and determination. Dr. Brilliant has been involved with antiquity since visiting the museum with his sister and becoming intrigued in Egypt as a child. He initially was not interested in archaeology, but rather in law and scholarship. Under the advice of an uncle, he became an educator after law school and went on to excel as a prolific author, professor, and arts scholar. His new book, “Death: From Dust to Destiny” has been released in 2017 by Reaktion Press in London.
Dr. Brilliant is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and has appeared in the pages of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the East, and Who’s Who in the World. He started life in Boston, born to Frank and Pauline Brilliant, and did them proud by earning a BA, magna cum laude, from Yale University in 1951. He pursued the law, earning a LLB from Harvard University, before returning to Yale to earn a MA in 1957. Dr. Brilliant received a Fulbright grant to travel to Rome, and after earning a PhD from Yale in 1960, became a fellow of the American Academy in Rome. He taught with the University of Pennsylvania and became chairman of its art history department before joining Columbia in 1970.
Dr. Brilliant has been accepted by the Guggenheim Museum as a fellow from 1967 to 1968, and was senior fellow of the National Endowment of the Humanities from 1972 to 1973. He is a well known scholar in Roman and Greek art, and served as a co-curator for the Center for African Art and for the Jewish Museum in the ‘90s. He is a member of several arts societies, notably the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa, and the managing committee of the American School of Classical Studies from 1974 to 2007. Dr. Brilliant married his wife Eleanor Luria in 1951, and is the proud father of Stephanie, Livia, Franca, and Myron.
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