Darius A. Spieth San Diego Alumni Association Chapter Alumni Professor of Art History, Louisiana State University

B.A., 1993

Darius A. Spieth is an art historian and San Diego Alumni Association Chapter Alumni Professor at Louisiana State University. Prof. Spieth received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and also holds an M.B.A. degree in finance from the International University of Japan in Niigata. In 2011, he was selected as Mellon Visiting Professor by the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Prof. Spieth is best known for his studies on art markets and French Egyptomania, and currently serves as subject editor for Art Markets, Law and Economics for the Grove Dictionary of Art (Oxford University Press). Major books include Revolutionary Paris and the Market for Netherlandish Art (Brill, 2018) and Napoleon’s Sorcerers: The Sophisians (University of Delaware Press, 2007). He also translated into English texts by Marc Fumaroli, a member of the French Academy. Although the main emphasis of his studies is eighteenth- and nineteenth-century France, he has published on the works of a number of contemporary Californian artists and designers, such as Sandow Birk, Peter Shire, and Brian M. Viveros.

Photographic Credit: Jean-Claude Figenwald