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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

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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

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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

Poussin and French Dynastic Ideology

Poussin and French Dynastic Ideology
Judith Bernstock

This book reveals that many of Nicolas Poussin's most renowned mythological and biblical paintings were intended as celebrations of the Bourbon monarchy.
It now becomes clear that Poussin, long considered the greatest painter of early modern France, was also preeminent in supporting Bourbon claims and in establishing an early, multilayered iconography of absolutism in French painting. His rhetorical techniques for exalting the Bourbons correspond to the endeavours of Louis XIII and Richelieu in exploiting the arts to create a public image of dynastic continuity. Using an approach of cultural history, this book shows that Poussin's art emerges as a fascinating and even witty mirror of seventeenth-century French culture.

Grad students create lifelike 'Roman' funeral masks

Roman Funeral Masks

Making lifelike wax molds of their own faces to replicate Roman funeral masks, Cornell researchers explored the significance of materials in the ancient practice of remembering deceased ancestors. Read the full story here.

Barbara Mujica on Imagining the Passion in a Multiconfessional Castile, by Cynthia Robinson

Robinson's Imagining the Passion

"The way we look at early Spanish depictions of the Passion has undoubtedly changed forever." Read the full Marginalia Review.

Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist

Ibrahim El-Salahi

The first Tate Modern exhibition dedicated to African Modernism is curated by Cornell professor, Salah Hassan in collaboration with Ph.D. student Elvira Dyangani, and with contributions from Professor Iftikhar Dadi. Link to full story.

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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