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History of Art

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About the Department


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Detail: Aids for the Deaf

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Tapestry by Pieter van Aelst

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

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Detail: Beyond the Taj

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

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Detail: Three Laughers of the Tiger Glen

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Detail: Le Ventre Legislatif

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Detail: El Regreso del Canibal Macrobiotico

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Forgotten Dream

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Detail: Moche Panel Fragment with Four Figur

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Detail: Battle of the Sea Gods

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Detail: The Dream and Lie of Franco

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Fields in the Month of June

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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.