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Detail: Aids for the Deaf

Indonesian Clay Dolls

Tapestry by Pieter van Aelst


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

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Detail: Battle of the Sea Gods

The dream and lies of franco

Detail: The Dream and Lie of Franco


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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

Cosmopolitanism in Mexican Visual Culture

Cosmopolitanism in Mexican Visual Culture
María Fernández

Since the colonial era, Mexican art has emerged from an ongoing process of negotiation between the local and the global, which frequently involves invention, synthesis, and transformation of diverse discursive and artistic traditions. In this pathfinding book, María Fernández uses the concept of cosmopolitanism to explore this important aspect of Mexican art, in which visual culture and power relations unite the local and the global, the national and the international, the universal and the particular. She argues that in Mexico, as in other colonized regions, colonization constructed power dynamics and forms of violence that persisted in the independent nation-state. Accordingly, Fernández presents not only the visual qualities of objects, but also the discourses, ideas, desires, and practices that are fundamental to the very existence of visual objects.

15 Minutes: Exposing Dimensions of Fame

15 Minutes: Exposing Dimensions of Fame opens with Meiji-era photographs and nineteenth-century cartes de visite to explore the way that photographs can distill and preserve identity and serve as placeholders for people, places, eras, and cultures. The medium of photography functions as a substitute for memories, experiences, and individuals, allowing viewers to experience closeness to something otherwise unfamiliar. Link to exhibit.

Epic Ecologies

Epic Ecologies : Dadi Exhbition

Iftikhar Dadi & Elizabeth Dadi exhibit their collaborative art work in Mumbai, India. Titled Epic Ecologies, the exhibition at Jhaveri Contemporary runs December 10, 2015 – January 9, 2016

Benjamin Anderson : Awarded Two Grants for his book, Cosmos and Community in Early Medieval Art

 Congratulations to Assistant Professor Benjamin Anderson who was recently awarded two highly competitive grants for his recent publication, Cosmos and Community in Early Medieval Art, Yale University Press. His two grants : The Millard Meiss Publication Fund of the College Art Association and The Kress Research Grant from the International Center of Medieval Art are highlighted in further detail in their respective links. 

Ananda Cohen Suarez explores art as a visual language through her study of Peruvian murals.

Ananda Cohen Suarez

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Revolt: Aesthetics of Dissent and Disgust

Revolt: Aesthetics of Dissent and Disgust

 "Revolt: Aesthetics of Dissent and Disgust," a new exhibition at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art curated and organized by students in the History of Art Majors Society, shows how revolution within the realm of art and in society as a whole are inextricably connected, and that art not only reflects but also contributes to the creation of new political, social, or cultural realities. 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