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.