Art history is the study of art, artifacts, and architecture from past societies and cultures. It involves a diverse range of visual cultures and styles, as well as art criticism, analysis, and interpretation from ancient and modern times. The aim of art history is to understand the role of art in human life: the way art is shaped by us, and the way it in turn shapes us. As such, it involves deep visual and technical literacy, on top of thorough analytical skills and historical knowledge of artistic traditions, practices, and contexts for visuality.
The core topics introduce the field of art history and give students the skills and understanding to choose and pursue their interests in the specialized topics. On completing the core, students will be able to independently read the historical and academic literature. The core topics are:
Specializations should be discussed with the Director of Studies. On completing specializations, students will be able to independently read advanced literature and conduct a final project in that topic. Some suggested specializations are:
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