History of Art at Cornell
The Department of the History of Art at Cornell University makes possible the study of areas traditionally central to the discipline such as Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance art, and emphasizes the integration of recent fields of theory and research to the study of global visual culture. In our program, students can explore the history of cultural interactions as manifested in visual culture both inside and outside the West from antiquity to the present. These investigations will further students’ understanding of the discipline of art history, its roots, its methodologies, as well as its historical and critical connections with other disciplines.
Our program encourages the crossing of not only geographic but also disciplinary borders. Students will be encouraged to explore a wide range of fields, including archaeology, dendrochronology and material culture, anthropology, architecture and urban planning, art practice, connoisseurship, critical and post colonial theory, media studies, museum studies, performance, race and gender studies, religious studies, the sciences, and social history. Our collaboration with Visual Studies at Cornell expands this range of possibilities to include courses from other departments including Government, Performing and Media Arts, and Information Science.