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.
Professor John Lopez presented “Renaissance Cartography and the
Mapping of Environmental Crisis at Viceregal Mexico City” at the
Topography Across the Globe workshop conducted at the
John Carter Brown Library, Brown University on December 11, 2019.
Hunting art –from monumental paintings of the royal hunt and
animal combat to dog portraits and decorated guns –was one of the
most spectacular visual manifestations of political power in
early modern France.Of the many modes of hunting art, landscape
painting was the most literal in its evocation of the mastery of
nature, and of the nation. This talk, taking as its case study
Pierre-Denis Martin’s Hunting Party at Bougival (c.