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History of Art

History of Art at the University of Oxford draws on a long and deep tradition of teaching and studying the subject. The core academic staff of the History of Art Department work on subjects from medieval European architecture to modern Chinese art. Over fifty associated academic staff (e.g. in Anthropology, Classics, History, Oriental Studies, and the Ruskin School of Drawing) include teachers and researchers across the full global and historical range of art and visual culture. This offers students exciting possibilities to take courses and receive supervision on a very wide range of topics, and to develop their own interests in art history.

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1 Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ Careers Seminar 2014 - Introduction A careers event organised by Lucy Hawkins (Careers Service) and Rachel Woodruff, (History of Art Dept) with speakers from the Arts and Heritage sectors, including recent alumni of the Department, providing insights into their careers. Lucy Hawkins 27 Feb 2014
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2 Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ Careers Seminar 2014 - Finding Yourself in Advertising A careers event organised by Lucy Hawkins (Careers Service) and Rachel Woodruff, (History of Art Dept) with speakers from the Arts and Heritage sectors, including recent alumni of the Department, providing insights into their careers. Elle Graham-Dixon 27 Feb 2014
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3 Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ Careers Seminar 2014 - Collections Management in a Historic House A careers event organised by Lucy Hawkins (Careers Service) and Rachel Woodruff, (History of Art Dept) with speakers from the Arts and Heritage sectors, including recent alumni of the Department, providing insights into their careers. Emily Roy 27 Feb 2014
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4 Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ Careers Seminar 2013 A careers event organised by Lucy Hawkins (Careers Service) and Rachel Woodruff, (History of Art Dept) with speakers from the Arts and Heritage sectors, including recent alumni of the Department, providing insights into their careers. Lucy Hawkins, Ruth Millington, Holly Harris, Katharine Arnold 14 Mar 2013
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5 Core Course: Modernism and Mass Culture This lecture forms part of series entitled Introduction to the History of Art, a core course taught to the first year undergraduate History of Art students. Alastair Wright 11 Mar 2011
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6 Core Course: Painting as visual and material culture in Ming China This lecture is one of a series of eight relating to an optional third year undergraduate course, 'Painting and Culture in Ming China' which can be taken by History of Art and History students. Craig Clunas 11 Mar 2011
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7 Core Course: Women as Patrons of the Arts in Early Modern Europe This lecture forms part of series entitled 'Introduction to the History of Art', a core course taught to the first year undergraduate History of Art students. Geraldine Johnson 11 Mar 2011
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8 Not Vital: Art is Global International artist, Not Vital, gives a talk about his art and his work. Not Vital 13 Dec 2011
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9 Putting China in its Place in the History of Art The inaugural lecture by Professor Craig Clunas. Craig Clunas 02 Dec 2008
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10 Research Seminar: Francis Vernon, the Early Royal Society and the First English Encounter with Greek Architecture This lecture was delivered at the University Of Oxford History Of Art Department's Research Seminar series by Dr Matthew Walker, History of Art Department, University of Oxford. Matthew Walker 20 Feb 2013
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11 Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ Research Seminar: Michelangelo: A Life on Paper In this lecture recorded as a part of the University of Oxford History of Art Department's Research Seminar series, Professor Leonard Barkan (Princeton University) discusses the theme "Michelangelo: A Life on Paper". Recording date - 4th November 2010. Leonard Barkan 26 Nov 2010
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12 Slade Lectures 2009: Week 1: Defining the Dominant Naturalism First lecture from the series "Style versus the State: Naturalism and Avant-gardism in Third Republic France, 1880-1900" given by Professor Richard Thomson as part of the annual Slade Art Lectures. Richard Thomson 18 Feb 2013
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13 Slade Lectures 2009: Week 2: Naturalism at the Service of the Republic Second lecture from the series "Style versus the State: Naturalism and Avant-gardism in Third Republic France, 1880-1900" given by Professor Richard Thomson as part of the annual Slade Art Lectures. Richard Thomson 18 Feb 2013
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14 Slade Lectures 2009: Week 3: Naturalism: Flexibility or Failure of Style? Third lecture from the series "Style versus the State: Naturalism and Avant-gardism in Third Republic France, 1880-1900" given by Professor Richard Thomson as part of the annual Slade Art Lectures. Richard Thomson 18 Feb 2013
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15 Slade Lectures 2009: Week 4: The Caricatural: Visual Humour and Subversive Style Fourth lecture from the series "Style versus the State: Naturalism and Avant-gardism in Third Republic France, 1880-1900" given by Professor Richard Thomson as part of the annual Slade Art Lectures. Richard Thomson 18 Feb 2013
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16 Slade Lectures 2009: Week 5: The 'Populaire': Identifying or Imagining Art from Below Fifth lecture from the series "Style versus the State: Naturalism and Avant-gardism in Third Republic France, 1880-1900" given by Professor Richard Thomson as part of the annual Slade Art Lectures. Richard Thomson 18 Feb 2013
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17 Slade Lectures 2009: Week 6: Organicism: National Energy and Natural Flux Sixth lecture from the series "Style versus the State: Naturalism and Avant-gardism in Third Republic France, 1880-1900" given by Professor Richard Thomson as part of the annual Slade Art Lectures. Richard Thomson 18 Feb 2013
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18 Slade Lectures 2009: Week 7: Repudiating Naturalism: the Avant-garde Seeking Style Seventh lecture from the series "Style versus the State: Naturalism and Avant-gardism in Third Republic France, 1880-1900" given by Professor Richard Thomson as part of the annual Slade Art Lectures. Richard Thomson 18 Feb 2013
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19 Slade Lectures 2009: Week 8: Naturalism Strikes Back: Tradition, Consensus, Rupture Eighth lecture from the series "Style versus the State: Naturalism and Avant-gardism in Third Republic France, 1880-1900" given by Professor Richard Thomson as part of the annual Slade Art Lectures. Richard Thomson 18 Feb 2013
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20 Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ Slade Lectures 2010: Week 1: Automatism and chance: Surrealist strategies and their legacies in contemporary art and film Dawn Ades, Professor of Art History and Theory at Essex University, gives the first Slade lecture in Surrealism and Art History on 20th January 2010. Dawn Ades 18 Apr 2011
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21 Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ Slade Lectures 2010: Week 2: Beyond painting: collage, objects, installations Dawn Ades, Professor of Art History and Theory at Essex University gives the second Slade lecture in Surrealism and Art History on 27th January 2010. Dawn Ades 18 Apr 2011
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22 Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ Slade Lectures 2010: Week 3: Beyond art: 'the enemy within', Georges Bataille and Documents Dawn Ades, Professor of Art History and Theory at Essex University, gives the third lecture in the Slade lecture series on Surrealism and Art History. Dawn Ades 18 Apr 2011
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23 Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ Slade Lectures 2010: Week 4: The experimental demonstration of critical paranoia: Salvador Dalí's The Tragic Myth of Millet's Angelus Fourth Slade lecture from Dawn Ades, Professor of Art History and Theory at Essex University, given on 10th February 2010. Dawn Ades 18 Apr 2011
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24 Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ Slade Lectures 2010: Week 5: Poetry, politics, and sexuality: Surrealism in Latin America Fifth lecture in the Slade lecture series given by Dawn Ades, Professor of Art History and Theory at Essex University in Surrealism and Art History on 17th February 2010. Dawn Ades 18 Apr 2011
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25 Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ Slade Lectures 2010: Week 6: Monuments and ruins: Surrealism and archaeology in the New World Sixth lecture in the Slade lecture series on Surrealism and Art given by Dawn Ades, Professor of Art History and Theory at Essex University on 24th February 2010. Dawn Ades 18 Apr 2011
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26 Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ Slade Lectures 2010: Week 7: Transnational Surrealism: Tropiques and the role of the little magazine Seventh lecture in the Slade lecture series on Surrealism and Art History given by Dawn Ades, Professor of Art History and Theory at Essex University on 3rd March 2010. Dawn Ades 18 Apr 2011
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27 Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ Slade Lectures 2010: Week 8: Walking distance from the studio: cities, maps, and myths Eighth and final Slade Lecture in Surrealism and Art History given by Dawn Ades, Professor of Art History and Theory at Essex University on 10th March 2010. Dawn Ades 18 Apr 2011
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