Art History is the study of the visual arts in civilization. It examines changing values in all fields of visual culture, including painting, sculpture, graphics, photography, architecture, film, the mass media, and forms of popular expression. Its interdisciplinary reach encompasses literature, history, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, gender studies, critical theory, and cultural studies. Art History emphasizes visual as well as verbal and written literacy, providing more than the standard advantages to a liberal arts education.
Students majoring in Art History will engage with the wide-ranging opportunities its curriculum presents for learning and research. Studying Art History develops visual literacy, communication skills, critical/creative thinking and an understanding of diversity.
Heghnar Watenpaugh’s new book The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript, from Genocide to Justice, has just been released! Published by Stanford University Press, The Missing Pages “is the biography of a manuscript that is at once art, sacred object, and cultural heritage.