Art History

Art history explores the visual world.

Art history is the study of objects and images in painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, film, furniture, ceramics, installations and many other visual forms. Our courses span the globe and different historical periods — from ancient Rome, Islamic cultures, medieval Paris and Renaissance Italy, to Indian cinema, American painting, contemporary photography and modern architecture. In studying art history, our students learn to appreciate works of art and architecture in their historical and cultural settings. We seek to provide the language necessary to analyze and interpret objects, images, as well as built and landscaped environments, so that students may develop a critical voice and a sophisticated vocabulary for examining and evaluating all aspects of the visual world.