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Department of the History of Art

All human societies have used images to a greater or lesser degree in their communications. Art historians have set themselves the task of understanding this process. Although art history has traditionally concentrated on the ‘fine’ arts of painting, sculpture and architecture, it has shared many of its fundamental questions and methods with related disciplines such as archaeology, anthropology, literary studies, and political, social and cultural history.
Oxford’s History of Art courses are uniquely positioned to reflect this cross-disciplinary potential. Situated among a compact array of world-class museums, galleries and collections, we are able to encompass a much greater range of subject-matter than is normally available to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Working within the History Faculty and the Humanities Division, our teaching and research is supported by the Ashmolean Museum, the Bodleian Library, Christ Church Picture Gallery, the Pitt-Rivers Museum, the Museum of the History of Science, and Modern Art Oxford, as well as by the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art.

Series associated with Department of the History of Art

History of Art
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Photo Archives VI: The Place of Photography
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1 Research Seminar: Aesop, Velazquez and War This lecture was delivered at the University of Oxford History of Art Department’s Research Seminar series by T.J Clark Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley. T.J Clark 30 Oct 2018
2 Terra Foundation Lectures in American Art 2018: The Body of a Nation: (4) The great disappearing George Washington: history and the head of state in contemporary American art Professor Miguel de Baca gives his final Terra Foundation Lecture in American Art on Gilbert Stuart’s unfinished painting of George Washington. Miguel De Baca 28 Jun 2018
3 Terra Foundation Lectures in American Art 2018: The Body of a Nation: (3) Modernism disfigured: cult and illicit ritual in New Mexico in the works of Georgia O’Keeffe and Martha Graham Professor Miguel de Baca gives his third Terra Foundation Lecture in American Art on the works of Georgia O’Keeffe and Martha Graham. Miguel De Baca 28 Jun 2018
4 Terra Foundation Lectures in American Art 2018: The Body of a Nation: (2) Skin and absence: the radical ceramics and poetry of the enslaved Dave the Potter Professor Miguel de Baca gives his second Terra Foundation Lecture in American Art on the work of Dave the Potter. Miguel De Baca 28 Jun 2018
5 Terra Foundation Lectures in American Art 2018: The Body of a Nation: (1) Suicide in white and black: Thomas Cole’s Destruction and the American empire Professor Miguel de Baca gives his first Terra Foundation Lecture in American Art on two depictions of suicide. Miguel De Baca 28 Jun 2018
6 Slade Lectures 2018 (7): Barocci: The Madonna del Popolo Professor David Ekserdjian gives his seventh Slade Lecture on Barocci’s drawings for the Madonna del Popolo. David Ekserdjian 09 May 2018
7 Slade Lectures 2018 (5): Parmigianino: The Madonna of the Long Neck Professor David Ekserdjian gives his fifth Slade Lecture on Parmigianino’s drawings for the Madonna of the Long Neck. David Ekserdjian 09 May 2018
8 Slade Lectures 2018 (4): Correggio: The Dome of Parma Cathedral art, drawing, painting, visual arts, italy David Ekserdjian 09 May 2018
9 Slade Lectures 2018 (3): Raphael: The Stanza della Segnatura Professor David Ekserdjian gives his third Slade Lecture on Raphael’s drawings for the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican Palace. David Ekserdjian 09 May 2018
10 Slade Lectures 2018 (2): Michelangelo: The Sistine Chapel Ceiling Professor David Ekserdjian gives his second Slade Lecture on Michelangelo’s drawings for the Sistine Chapel Ceiling. David Ekserdjian 09 May 2018
11 Slade Lectures 2018 (1): Drawing in Italy before 1500 Professor David Ekserdjian gives his first Slade Lecture on Drawing in Italy before 1500. David Ekserdjian 09 May 2018
12 Core Course: Architects or Artisans? The Builders of the Medieval Cathedrals 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. Gervase Rosser 07 Dec 2017
13 Creative Commons Terra Lectures in American Art 2017 (4): Frozen in History: The Arrival of the Kennedys at Love Field Professor David Lubin gives his final Terra Lecture in American Art on the Kennedys. David M. Lubin 28 Jun 2017
14 Creative Commons Terra Lectures in American Art 2017 (3): The Ashcan Goes to War: George Bellows, Belligerence, and the Rape of Belgium Professor David Lubin gives his third Terra Lecture in American Art on painter George Bellows. David M. Lubin 28 Jun 2017
15 Creative Commons Terra Lectures in American Art 2017 (2): Buried Treasure: America’s Great Book Illustrator Howard Pyle and the Silver Screen Professor David Lubin gives his second Terra Lecture in American Art on Howard Pyle’s illustrations of Robin Hood and pirates and their representation in movies. David M. Lubin 28 Jun 2017
16 Creative Commons Terra Lectures in American Art 2017 (1): Riding into History, Marching into Oblivion: The Civil War, Racial Justice, and the Shaw Memorial Professor David Lubin gives his first Terra Lecture in American Art on the Shaw Memorial in Boston. David M. Lubin 28 Jun 2017
17 Photo Archives VI: The Place of Photography and the Phases of Digitisation Nina Lager Vestberg (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) discusses the digital condition of photography through a phase model of digitisation. Nina Lager Vestberg 09 May 2017
18 Photo Archives VI: Archive, Exhibition, Book: 'The Family of Man' Reconstituted Shamoon Zamir (New York University Abu Dhabi) discusses the 'The Family of Man' exhibition and its related archives. Shamoon Zamir 09 May 2017
19 Photo Archives VI: Archiving Royal Heirlooms: The publication of the Crown treasures of the Galerie d'Apollon (Louvre) and its materiality Pascal Griener (University of Neuchatel) discusses photographic reproductions of the French crown jewels made for their auction in 1887. Pascal Griener 09 May 2017
20 Photo Archives VI: From Trash to Treasure: Loss, Value, and the Photo Archive Catherine E. Clark (MIT) discusses the life cycle of anonymous photographic archives. Catherine E. Clark 09 May 2017
21 Photo Archives VI: Saving Space, Mediating Place: Photography and the Reproduction of Collections and Archives Estelle Blaschke (University of Lausanne) discusses the development and growth in use of microfilm during the 1920s and 1930s. Estelle Blaschke 09 May 2017
22 Photo Archives VI: Photography as Protocol Kelley Wilder (De Montfort University) discusses photography as a scientific protocol Kelley Wilder 09 May 2017
23 Photo Archives VI: The Laboratory as Photo Archive Chitra Ramalingam (Yale University) discusses photographic collections within science laboratories Chitra Ramalingam 09 May 2017
24 Photo Archives VI: Vision in Doubt: Arctic Photography, Victorian Geology, and its Anglo-American Debates Luke Gartlan (University of St Andrews) discusses Victorian arctic photography in The Arctic Regions (1873) and an unpublished album. Luke Gartlan 09 May 2017
25 Photo Archives VI: Sticking points: Photographic albums and the forgetful archives of Egyptian archaeology Christina Riggs (University of East Anglia) discusses the 'forgetfulness' of photo albums from excavations in colonial and interwar Egypt. Christina Riggs 09 May 2017
26 Photo Archives VI: The Relational Album: Photographic Networks, Anthropology, and the Learned Society Christopher Morton (University of Oxford) discusses the concept of the relational museum applied to an album from the Anthropological Society in London. Christopher Morton 09 May 2017
27 Photo Archives VI: The Archive in Transition: Reframing Josef Sudek’s Photographic Reproductions of Art Katarina Masterova (Institute of Art History, The Czech Academy of Sciences) discusses the objecthood of Josef Sudek's photographic archive. Katarína Mašterová 09 May 2017
28 Photo Archives VI: Transports of Vision: Frederic Edwin Church's Photographic Collection of the Mediterranean and Middle East Frederick N. Bohrer (Hood College) discusses Frederic Edwin Church's photographic collection. Frederick N. Bohrer 09 May 2017
29 Photo Archives VI Welcome Day 2 Opening remarks on the second day of the conference. Constanza Caraffa 09 May 2017
30 Photo Archives VI Welcome Day 1 Opening remarks on the first day of the conference. Geraldine Johnson, Deborah Schultz 09 May 2017
31 Jan Brueghel and his Views of Italian Ruins This lecture forms part of a series entitled "Antiquity After Antiquity" and is for first year Undergraduate History of Art students. It was delivered at the University of Oxford History of Art Department. An Van Camp 11 Jul 2016
32 Creative Commons Core Course: Modernism and Post-modernism This lecture forms part of a series entitled "Art History: Concepts and Methods" and is for second year Undergraduate and MSt History of Art students. It was delivered at the University of Oxford History of Art Department. Alex J. Taylor 29 Mar 2016
33 Historical Time in Contemporary Art: Longue Durée Revisited Session 4 paper for the Art out of Time: Challenging Periodization Symposium with Christine Ross (McGill) and Respondent Amelia Barikin (University of Queensland). Christine Ross, Amelia Barikin, Anthony Gardner 30 Oct 2014
34 The First 'Date Painting': On Kawara at Altamira Session 1 paper for the Art out of Time: Challenging Periodization Symposium with Whitney Davis, (UC Berkeley and University of York) Whitney Davis, Hanneke Grootenboer 30 Oct 2014
35 Creative Commons Special Lecture: Art, Architects, Books and Buildings: Sir Robert Taylor & his Collection at the Taylor Institution A collaborative venture between the University of Oxford's Edgar Wind Society and the Taylor Institution Library, this lecture discusses Sir Robert Taylor and his collection of architectural books & included a display of selected items from the collection Matthew Walker, Gervase Rosser 17 Sep 2014
36 Creative Commons Core Course: Space: Approaches to Architecture This lecture forms part of series entitled 'Art History: Concepts and Methods', offered to second year Undergraduate and MSt History of Art students. Matthew Walker 06 May 2014
37 Core Course: Artists' Names 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 06 May 2014
38 Creative Commons Core Course: Art and Art History: Painting in China 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. Craig Clunas 06 May 2014
39 Creative Commons 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
40 Creative Commons 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
41 Creative Commons 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
42 Creative Commons 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
43 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
44 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
45 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
46 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
47 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
48 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
49 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
50 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
51 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
52 Not Vital: Art is Global International artist, Not Vital, gives a talk about his art and his work. Not Vital 13 Dec 2011
53 Creative Commons 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
54 Creative Commons 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
55 Creative Commons 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
56 Creative Commons 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
57 Creative Commons 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
58 Creative Commons 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
59 Creative Commons 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
60 Creative Commons 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
61 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
62 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
63 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
64 Creative Commons 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
65 Putting China in its Place in the History of Art The inaugural lecture by Professor Craig Clunas. Craig Clunas 02 Dec 2008