What exactly do we mean by art, and what kind of history (or histories) should we explore?
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A brief primer on bodhisattvas
What does it mean to be an "old master" and to make a "masterpiece"? Kerry James Marshall talks about his practice and the ideas driving it.
The word “crisis” suggests a temporary problem—but destruction and loss of cultural heritage is an ongoing issue.
By the sixteenth century, Western trade involved Africans being forcibly brought to the Americas as slaves.
Recent discoveries in southern Africa provide remarkable evidence of the earliest stirrings of human creativity.
Studying the art of the Islamic world is challenging, partially because of the large geographic and chronological scope of Islam. Islam has been a major religion and cultural force for over fourteen centuries and continues to be so today. At present the Arts of the Islamic World Section is organized into three chronological periods: Early, […]
Ever wanted to know how art historians determine the meanings of symbols and identify subject matter? Learn more with this brief introduction to the iconographic approach.
“Art history is relevant” is not how the discipline of art history is typically framed in popular discourse.
The reason people study the art of the past are varied - but all agree, it can tell us a lot about our own world.
Studying art history isn't a conventional path to success — so why do people do it?
Must art be Beautiful? And just what is beauty anyway?
Corporate lobbies and board rooms are often graced with impressive art, but why?