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Indonesian Clay Dolls

The dream and lies of franco

Detail: The Dream and Lie of Franco


Fields in the Month of June

Amazon Cast Danielle Mericle


Detail: Aids for the Deaf


Detail: Battle between the conquering Mongols and the Muslim population of Iran


Detail: Beyond the Taj


Detail: Eave hanging (ider-ider) with scenes from Butterfly L

japan detail

Detail: Three Laughers of the Tiger Glen


Detail: Le Ventre Legislatif


Detail: El Regreso del Canibal Macrobiotico


Forgotten Dream


Detail: Moche Panel Fragment with Four Figur

sea gods

Detail: Battle of the Sea Gods

Tapestry by Pieter van Aelst

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History of Art at Cornell

Study in the Department of the History of Art crosses not only boundaries of geography and academic disciplines, but also of time as it integrates traditional history of art with more recent fields of theory and research. Read More

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Books and Publications by Our Faculty

Painting Faith

Painting Faith
An-Yi Pan

Despite Li Gonglin’s (ca. 1049-1106) deep faith in Buddhism and the large number of recorded and extant Buddhist paintings associated with or ascribed to this great painter, twentieth century scholarship on Li Gonglin has focused primarily on his literatus identity and Confucian art oeuvres.

Maria Fernandez: 2015 Arvey Book Award

Maria Fernandez

 Maria Fernandez received 2015 Arvey Book Award from the Association for Latin American Art  for her book, Cosmopolitanism in Mexican Visual Culture (University of Texas  Press 2014). The competition includes books published during the last year in English, Spanish and Portuguese in all periods of Latin American art,  from Pre-Columbian to contemporary art.

Visualizing El Barrio

Visualizing El Barrio

“Visualizing El Barrio” - Students in an interdisciplinary class studied murals in New York City's El Barrio, learning about neighborhood aspects such as culture, history and preservation, and organized a student-curated exhibition located at the Latino Studies Program office, Fourth Floor, Rockefeller Hall. The exhibition runs until Feb. 13, 2015.

Check out the course blog site read a story by the Cornell Chronicle for more information.

Firing the Canon: the Cornell Casts and their Discontents


In the 1890s, 19th century casts of ancient Greek, Roman, Near Eastern, Egyptian, medieval and Renaissance pieces were collected and used as a way to facilitate education about these historic relics. Since then, many became lost, abandoned, reviled and sometimes even violently destroyed. 

Associate Professor of History of Art and Classics Annetta Alexandridis and Associate Professor of Classics and History of Art Verity Platt are working to restore the cast collection and make it once again available to the Cornell community. Read the Full Story and Watch the Exhibition Video

For the full interview with exhibition curator and Cornell professor, An-Yi Pan, see the Cornell Daily Sun article: Jie (Boundaries): Contemporary Art from Taiwan.

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Visual Studies Minor

Encouraging the interpretation of the historical and contemporary visual world from diverse perspectives, including architecture, art, cinema, digital media, gender, globalization, performance, popular culture, print and electronic media, race, social institutions, and scientific developments. Learn More