Department of Art History

Art history explores the visual world.

Art history is the historical study of objects and images: painting, sculpture, architecture, film, furniture, ceramics, installations and many others. Our courses span the globe, from ancient Rome, Islamic cultures, Medieval Paris and Renaissance Italy, to Indian cinema, American painting, contemporary photography and modern architecture. The objectives of our curriculum are:

  • To learn the verbal language necessary to analyze and interpret objects, images, and the built environment
  • To understand works of art and architecture in their historical and cultural settings
  • To develop a critical voice that extends to all aspects of the visual world