For the latest accomplishments, events, and news in the CVAD community, see our announcements. History of Art aims to arrive at an historical understanding of the origins of artefacts within specific world cultures, asking about the circumstances of their making, their makers, the media used, the functions of the images and objects, their critical reception and – not least – their subsequent history.
The undergraduate program is designed both to prepare students for advanced graduate study in the history of art and to provide students with a broad, humanistic background for many other fields that require the ability to undertake independent research, evaluate visual and textual evidence, to write effectively, and create intelligent arguments.
These include the analysis of visual culture, studies of new media, the history of image technology, the social semiotics of the image, social contextualization, analyses of identity in art and communications, and questions of culture, nationhood, patronage and collection.
An unsuspecting turn for the history of art criticism came in 1914 when Sigmund Freud published a psychoanalytical interpretation of Michelangelo’s Moses titled Der Moses des Michelangelo as one of the first psychology based analyses on a work of art.
Cited as the ultimate champion of high-potential undergraduates, and often referred to as a junior Nobel Prize”, the Undergraduate Awards is the world’s largest international academic awards programme, recognising excellent research and original work across the sciences, humanities, business and creative arts.