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
Books and Publications by Our Faculty
Poussin and French Dynastic Ideology
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.
Prof. Cheryl Finley and Prof. Deborah Willis (NYU) deliver welcoming remarks at the US Embassy, South Africa for the opening of Black Portraitures 3 conference in Johannesburg, SA 17-19 November 2016. Follow us on #blackportraitures
A STATEMENT FROM THE CORNELL DEPARTMENT OF THE HISTORY OF ART CONCERNING THE U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
We, the Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies, write in response to the recent presidential elections. One of our department's greatest strengths is its coverage of artistic practices from across the globe, with special emphasis on issues of race and ethnicity, cross-cultural exchange, and gender, as well as postcolonial and decolonial approaches to visual culture. The environment of xenophobia, racism, and misogyny engendered by the presidential campaign and election threatens the diverse intellectual environment on which this department prides itself. Moreover, it has implications for the collective safety of students, faculty, and staff on this campus. We hereby reaffirm our dedication to the well-being of Cornell's diverse community, and remain vigilant to the needs of those who are the most affected by these recent political developments.
Visual Culture Colloquium – Fall 2016
8/30 Yael Rice
10/4 Sharmini Pereira
11/15 Derek Conrad Murray
All events at 4:30pm in 142 Goldwin Smith Hall.
Visual Culture Colloquium - Spring 2016
2/9 Hannah Ryan
4/6 Ariella Azoulay
4/26 Susan Buck-Morss
Findley Lecture Spring 2016 : Jennifer Greenhill
Jennifer Greenhill of USC to give annual Findley Lecture, “Joke Matter: Materialities of Humor From Mark Twain to Glenn Ligon.”
For more information, click here.
Visual Culture Colloquium : Joshua Chambers-Letson (Northwestern University)
Tuesday, November 10: Joshua Chambers-Letson (Northwestern University), “Danh Vō and the Communism of Incommensurability”
4:30 PM in 142 Goldwin Smith Hall
Followed by a reception in the History of Art Gallery
Visual Culture Colloquium - Fall 2015
9/15 Rick Johnson
10/20 Alexander Nagel
11/10 Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson
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