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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
Institute for Visual Research
Photo Archives VI: The Place of Photography
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1 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
2 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
3 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
4 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
5 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
6 Creative Commons 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
7 Creative Commons 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
8 Creative Commons 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
9 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
10 Creative Commons Photo Archives VI: Photography as Protocol Kelley Wilder (De Montfort University) discusses photography as a scientific protocol Kelley Wilder 09 May 2017
11 Photo Archives VI: The Laboratory as Photo Archive Chitra Ramalingam (Yale University) discusses photographic collections within science laboratories Chitra Ramalingam 09 May 2017
12 Creative Commons 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
13 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
14 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
15 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
16 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
17 Photo Archives VI Welcome Day 2 Opening remarks on the second day of the conference. Constanza Caraffa 09 May 2017
18 Photo Archives VI Welcome Day 1 Opening remarks on the first day of the conference. Geraldine Johnson, Deborah Schultz 09 May 2017
19 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
20 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
21 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
22 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
23 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
24 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
25 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
26 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
27 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
28 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
29 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
30 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
31 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
32 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
33 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
34 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
35 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
36 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
37 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
38 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
39 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
40 Not Vital: Art is Global International artist, Not Vital, gives a talk about his art and his work. Not Vital 13 Dec 2011
41 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
42 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
43 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
44 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
45 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
46 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
47 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
48 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
49 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
50 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
51 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
52 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
53 Putting China in its Place in the History of Art The inaugural lecture by Professor Craig Clunas. Craig Clunas 02 Dec 2008