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Art History

Why Study Art History?


Our Program

Prof. Zorach with grads at Newberry Library

In Art History, we study the art and architecture of cultures around the world and across millennia. We take a variety of approaches to our objects, but focus on understanding their aesthetic and historical significance as well as their social relevance.  


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Warnock Lecture Series

Etruscan Egyptian Guardians

Rita Lucarelli (UC Berkeley)

Northwestern University Department of Art History presents the Warnock Lecture Series:
Doorscapes and Guardians of the Underworld: a comparative visual approach to the imagery of the ancient Egyptian and Etruscan demons
Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Lecture: 5:00 PM–6:30 PM
Reception: 6:30–7:30 PM
Pick-Laudati Auditorium, Block Museum of Art
Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight

Two of our newest faculty members, Hollyamber Kennedy and Yuthika Sharma, are featured on the Faculty Spotlight page.

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Warnock Gift

The Liz Warnock Gift to Art History provides generous funds to support an array of programming in the department
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News & Events


Department News



Art History Undergraduate Reception

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Evanston

This is a celebratory reception honoring our graduating majors and minors. Remarks will begin at 12:30 pm. Please RSVP by May 24 at htt...

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Elizabeth Dudley (BA '24) is featured in Northwestern Magazine for her art historical research on cottagecore.
Bronwen Wilson (PhD’99) named Vice President of the Renaissance Society of America. Wilson is the Edward W. Carter Chair in European Art at UCLA.
A stroll — and vigorous debate — along the Seine: Art history students reenact the 1937 Paris Expo

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