An introduction to art history

Art history "is a way to see what people thought, felt, believed, did, and imagined, by looking at the material things – buildings, paintings, gardens, sculptures, images, cities, objects – and the worlds that they made." (Griselda Pollock)

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Art history and world art history
Art history and world art history

“Art history is relevant” is not how the discipline of art history is typically framed in popular discourse.

Ever wondered…why study art of the past?
Ever wondered…why study art of the past?

The reason people study the art of the past are varied - but all agree, it can tell us a lot about our own world.

Ever wondered… why people become art historians?
Ever wondered… why people become art historians?

Studying art history isn't a conventional path to success — so why do people do it?

Art and empathy
Art and empathy

Empathy is a term we hear a lot, but what does it mean and how does it work?

What is art history and where is it going?
What is art history and where is it going?

Methods change, the canon expands, and we write history anew. Long focused on the West, the field is going global.

A brief history of the representation of the body in Western sculpture
A brief history of the representation of the body in Western sculpture

Sculptors have had different goals at different times. Two recur: naturalism and abstraction.

A brief history of the representation of the body in Western painting
A brief history of the representation of the body in Western painting

Respond to contemporary culture, or reclaim the past? Each artist decides how to approach the human form.