Milette Gaifman received her B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1997, and her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2005. Before coming to Yale in September 2005, she was the Hanadiv Fellow and Lecturer in Classical Art and Archaeology at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, in 2004–2005.
Milette Gaifman is a scholar of ancient art and archaeology, focusing primarily on Greek art of the Archaic and Classical periods. She is jointly appointed in the departments of Classics and History of Art. Her research interests include the interaction between visual culture and religion, the variety of forms in the arts of antiquity (from the naturalistic to the non-figural), the interactive traits of various artistic media, and the reception of Greek art in later periods. In addition, her scholarship explores the historiography of the academic disciplines of art history and archaeology. Her current book project is the revised and expanded version of the Louise Smith Bross Lectures that she delivered at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago in May 2018. The forthcoming volume titled Classification and the History of Greek Art and Architecture examines how classifications and taxonomies shape our understanding of Greek art and architecture in the modern era. Professor Gaifman is also the author of Aniconism in Greek Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2012); The Art of Libation in Classical Athens (Yale University Press, 2018); and co-editor of Exploring Aniconism, thematic issue of Religion 47, (2017); and The Embodied Object in Classical Antiquity, special issue of Art History (June 2018).
She is the Coeditor-in-Chief of the The Art Bulletin, the flagship journal of art history globally, and shares the position with Lillian Lan-ying Tseng of New York University.
Her honors and awards include the Jane Faggen Dissertation Prize from Princeton University’s Department of Art and Archaeology (2007), the Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication from Yale College (2009), and the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize from the MacMillan Center at Yale (2013). She was a visiting scholar at Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 2008-2009 and an invited professor at the University of Paris Diderot - Paris 7 in 2015.
At Yale, she served as Director of Undergraduate Studies (2009-2011) and as Director of Graduate Studies (2013-2015) at the Department of History of Art.
Books and Edited Volumes
- The Art of Libation in Classical Athens, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018).
- Aniconism in Greek Antiquity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).
- Exploring Aniconism, thematic issue of Religion 47, co-edited with Mikael Aktor (2017).
- The Embodied Object in Classical Art, special issue of Art History, co-edited with Verity Platt and Michael Squire (June 2018).
Articles and Book Chapters
- “The Greek Libation Bowl as Embodied Object”, in: The Embodied Object in Classical Antiquity special issue of Art History, Milette Gaifman, Verity Platt, and Michael Squire eds., (June 2018), 444-465.
- “Introduction: The Embodied Object” (with Verity Platt), in: The Embodied Object in Classical Antiquity, special issue of Art History, Milette Gaifman, Verity Platt, and Michael Squire eds., (June 2018), 402-419.
- “Aniconism: Definitions, Examples and Comparative Perspectives”, in: Exploring Aniconism, thematic issue of Religion 47, Mikael Aktor and Milette Gaifman eds., (2017), 335–352.
- “Framing Divine Bodies in Greek Art” in: Framing the Visual in Greek and Roman Art, Verity Platt and Michael Squire eds., (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), 392-424.
- “Theologies of Statues” in: Theologies of Ancient Greek Religion, Esther Eidinow, Julia Kindt, Robin Osborne eds., (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), 249-280.
- “Visual Evidence” in: Oxford Handbook on Greek Religion (OHAGR), Esther Eidinow and Julia Kindt eds., (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2015), 51-66.
- “Timelessness, Fluidity, and Apollo’s Libation” RES Journal of Anthropology and Aesthetics 63/64, Special Issue, Christopher Wood ed. (2013), 39-52.
- “Pausanias and Modern Perceptions of Primordial Greeks” Classical Receptions Journal 2 (2010), 254-86.
- “Aniconism and the Idea of the Primitive in Greek Antiquity” in: Divine Images and Human Imagination in Greece and Rome, ed. Joannis Mylonopoulos (Leiden: Brill, 2010), 63-86.
- “The Libation of Oinomaos” in: Antike Mythen, Medien, Transformationen, Konstruktionen, Ueli Dill and Christine Walde eds., (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2009), 576-598.
- “Visualized Rituals and Dedicatory Inscriptions on Votive Offerings to the Nymphs” Opuscula: Annual of the Swedish Institute at Athens and Rome 1 (2008), 85-103.
- “The Aniconic Image of the Roman Near East”, in: The Variety of Local Religious Life in the Near East in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods, Ted Kaizer ed., (Leiden: Brill, 2008), 37-72.
- “Statue, Cult and Reproduction” Art History 29:2 Special Issue, Jas’ Elsner and Jen Trimble eds., (April 2006), 258-279.