Thomas Munro (art historian)

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Thomas Munro (15 February 1897 in Omaha, Nebraska – April 14, 1974 in Sarasota, Florida[1]) was an American philosopher of art and professor of art history at Western Reserve University. He served as Curator of Education for the Cleveland Museum of Art for 36 years (1931–67).

He was educated at Amherst College (B.A. 1916) and Columbia University (M.A. 1917), where he was influenced by philosopher and educator John Dewey. Munro served as a sergeant with the psychological services of the Army Medical Corps before returning to Columbia to get his Ph.D.

Notable roles


  • The Scientific Method in Aesthetics (1928)
  • Great Pictures of Europe (1930)
  • The Arts and Their Interrelations (1949)
  • Art Education, Its Philosophy and Psychology: Selected Essays (1956)
  • The Creative Arts in American Education: The Interrelation of the Arts in Secondary Education (1960)
  • Evolution in the Arts, and Other Theories of Culture History (1963)
  • Oriental Aesthetics (1965)
  • Form and Style in the Arts: An Introduction to Aesthetic Morphology (1971)


  1. Shook, John R (2005). "MUNRO, Thomas (1897–1974)". In Shook, John R (ed.). The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers. Entry by Joan Grassbaugh Forry. Bristol: Thoemmes Continuum. pp. 1763–1764. ISBN 9780199754663. OCLC 276357640.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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