Meet Professor Andrew Patrizio, Programme Director of the MSc in History of Art, Theory and Display.
History of Art
Why does the world look the way it does?
That is the very simple question that lies at the heart of the discipline of history of art. It explores this question primarily through works of visual art but increasingly history of art has turned its attention to film, television and other popular media, as well as the built environment.
Study history of art at Edinburgh and you can expect to examine all of these visual media, as well as the traditional art forms of painting, sculpture and printmaking. You can also expect to think about art as a global phenomenon. Even if you’re studying European art, you will find it situated as part of a set of global questions.
History of art is one of the classic humanities disciplines: open-minded, curious, and critical. It provides a great cultural education. Its breadth is underwritten by well-established and rigorous methods. It teaches you how to interpret images and objects of almost every conceivable kind; it teaches you how to write critically, and well, about them; it teaches you how to use photographs and other images to help interpret artworks; and it shows you how to do large-scale independent research, a skill which can be developed to masters and PhD levels and beyond.
Edinburgh has one of the UK’s longest-established and largest groups of art historians. All are researching and publishing at the highest levels. They take public engagement extremely seriously, and many have major public profiles. The city, a UNESCO World Heritage is the home of some of Europe’s most valuable art collections, while it is an important and developing centre for contemporary art, and digital media, especially gaming. You can find our graduates in leadership roles in the arts worldwide: all over the world they curate exhibitions, write about art, and shape culture. Edinburgh is where those careers start.
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History of Art news
Art of the Actual is commended in the annual Gapper Book Prize in French Studies.
120 participants have attended the Future Bourgeois symposium, performance and panel discussion co-hosted by the ARTIST ROOMS Research Partnership.
History of Art Honorary Professor assists the BBC with identifying lost Edouard Vuillard painting.
'The Museum of Everything' is an imaginary museum created by its visitors over a five day period from 17 to 21 February 2014.
Art in Translation: new issue on African Art
This book, co-edited by Claudia Bolgia, is in its second print-run and is now being produced as a paper-back.
Claudia Bolgia has been working with Maurizio Campanelli on an interdisciplinary website project.
Patricia Allmer co-curates new exhibition in London on William S. Burroughs's photography.
Neil Cox, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art in History of Art, features in new BBC TV documentary on the history of still life.