Art History

Art History

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In Art History, we study the realm of visual communication, from the canon of Western art to architecture, photography, popular culture, and the arts of non-Western societies. Our material ranges from the prehistoric period to the present day. We aim to instill in our students not only a historical framework for understanding imagery, but also a methodological awareness of the multiple possibilities for interpreting art and other visual phenomena.

The History and Theory of Architecture program explores the history, meaning and social significance of the built environment, and how it both reflects and shapes human circumstances, needs and aspirations. We also study the theoretical foundations of architectural movements ranging from Antiquity to the present day. In addition to extensive courses in Art History, courses are offered through other departments and faculties. An Honours and General program are offered. More about the HTA program.

All units in the School for Studies in Art and Culture (SSAC) have graduate programs at the Masters level  (for more information about the Art History MA please click here). As well, most full-time faculty members in the SSAC can supervise PhD dissertations through the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture (ICSLAC). Please visit the ICSLAC site for further information.

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Nearing the End ~by Helena

Our term here in Venice is starting to come to an end, which also means that things are getting busy with essay due dates and exams coming up in short order. A week and a half ago I held an on-site presentation at the 14th century Basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, where I talked... More

Monday, November 24th, 2014 in Venice 2014 Feed for all posts filed under Venice 2014

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A Week in Rome ~by Helena

As Katie mentioned in an earlier blog post, during our semester here we are given a travel week. Doug and I decided to head to Rome for the whole week and we had a great time! I had about 30 monuments on my “must see”-list and managed to see most of them. I’ll post some... More

Monday, November 24th, 2014 in Venice 2014 Feed for all posts filed under Venice 2014

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Class Trip to Vicenza ~by Katie

One of the greatest things about our ‘Art in Venice and Northern Italy 1100-1600’ class, besides being here in Venice, of course, is that we are able to take class trips to see the art and architecture in person. Most weeks, we have an on-site visit to a church or to see a particular collection... More

Friday, November 21st, 2014 in Venice 2014 Feed for all posts filed under Venice 2014

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Florence ~by Katie

A couple of weeks ago, I took the train from Venice to Florence and spent five days there. Florence is about two hours away from Venice on the train, which I caught at the Santa Lucia train station, only fifteen or so minutes from where we live. Florence is one of my favourite places to... More

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 in Venice 2014 Feed for all posts filed under Venice 2014

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Week Six ~by Katie

Week six of the program here in Venice was reading week, and we all had a break from our lectures and on-site visits. Since my roommates decided to leave town for the week, it was the perfect time for me to have a visitor, and my sister and my three-month old nephew came to stay... More

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 in Venice 2014 Feed for all posts filed under Venice 2014

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