Andre Grabar, 94, an internationally known expert on Byzantine art, died Friday at his home in Paris. An author, lecturer, and archaeologist, he was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and educated in St. Petersburg. In 1928 he earned a Ph.D. in Byzantine art from the University of Strasbourg, France. He taught art history there until 1937 and at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris until 1966. He was also a professor of early Christian and Byzantine archaeology at the College de France in Paris from 1946 to 1966, and a research professor at Dumbarton Oaks Institute of Harvard University from 1950 to 1964. He wrote more than 30 books on the early and medieval art of Crete, Italy, France, Bulgaria, and Turkey. He gave the A. W. Mellon Lectures in Fine Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington in 1961.
Dr. H. L. Ginsberg, 87, a New York biblical scholar and authority on ancient Ugaritic literature -- texts written in an extinct Northern Semitic language closely related to Hebrew -- died Thursday at Cabrini Hospital in the Bronx. He had been the Sabato Morais Professor of Biblical History and Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary since 1941.