Art History

Welcome to the Department of Art History, part of the Center for the Arts at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. We are located in a new, cutting-edge facility in the culturally rich and vibrant city of Philadelphia and close to major urban centers throughout the Northeast.

Our mission is to educate students on the graduate and undergraduate levels about visual culture and its history, to foster scholarly research and advance knowledge in the discipline, and to function as a resource of expertise to the University, the region and beyond. The Department offers a variety of critical, theoretical and methodological perspectives and approaches. Our goal is to equip students with strong skills in a world in which visual literacy is of great importance, and on-site learning at local and regional museums is key to instruction. Students can broaden their education at one of Temple’s international programs, especially those in Rome and Japan, which offer a range of Art History classes. As part of the Center for the Arts and Tyler School of Art, which includes the Temple Contemporary art gallery, we promote dynamic interactions between artistic, critical, curatorial, and scholarly practice. This education is designed to foster a life-long interest in, sensitivity to, and appreciation of the significance of artistic production as a fundamental historical and cultural form of human expression and communication. As part of our mission, our students regularly receive internships at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and other regional museums and galleries.

Central to our highly-ranked Department is our world-class faculty that have been awarded the University's major teaching awards (Lindback and Great Teacher), research awards (Creative Achievement and Provost’s Awards), and professorships (Carnell). Faculty have won major prizes from the American Association of Italian Studies, Archaeological Institute of America, College Art Association, and Renaissance Society of America. Faculty fellowships and grants include the American Academy in Rome, American Council of Learned Societies; American Research Center in Egypt; Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts; Council of American Overseas Research Centers; Dumbarton Oaks; Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Fulbright Program; Getty Trust; Guggenheim Foundation; Villa I Tatti (Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence); Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton); Institute for Aegean Prehistory; Kress Foundation; Mellon Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; and the United States Agency for International Development.

Our graduate students have won major University fellowships and have received outside support from the American Academy in Rome; American School of Classical Studies in Athens; American Research Council in Egypt; Barra Foundation/McNeil Center for Early American Studies; Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts; Council of American Overseas Research Centers; Fulbright Commission; Getty Trust; Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Huntingdon; International Center for Medieval Art; Kress Foundation; Luce/American Council of Learned Societies; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Newberry Library and Smithsonian. Many work as curators, teachers, and administrators in the arts (see Alumni pages). Undergraduates have been granted awards from Temple University as the Diamond Peer Teacher Program; Diamond Research Scholars Program; Library Prize; Research/Creative Projects and Travel; the Research Forum/Creative Works Symposium and Temple University Rome Study Abroad.  Many have gone on to graduate school and work in arts-related areas (see Alumni pages).

Upcoming Events

  • October 02, 2015
  • 9:00am

Tyler's Annual Graduate Open House is an opportunity for prospective graduate students to tour the facilities, meet with faculty and curr...

  • November 01, 2015
  • 11:45pm

Priority deadline for Transfer applicants applying for the Spring 2016 semester. Please go to the following link for information regardin...

Undergraduate
  • Minor in Art History

    The Art History minor is available for students who wish to explore art through the ages.  By completing courses across a number of significant periods in art, students gain a better understanding of the visual arts and modes of artistic expr... More More about Minor in Art History

  • Graduate
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    "Jacopo Pontormo's Virgin and Child with Saint Anne"
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    Distinguished Art History Alumni & Scholars Lecture: Dr. Jack Wasserman, "Jacopo Pontormo's Virgin and Child with Saint Anne"

    March 12, 2015

    Dr. Jack Wasserman is an acclaimed scholar in quattrocento and cinquecento Italian art, author of major books, scores of articles, recipi

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    Elizabeth Bolman inspecting recently cleaned frescoes in St. Antony Monastery
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    Dr. Elizabeth S. Bolman to speak at ARCE-Pa

    May 23, 2015

    "The Red Monastery Church: Beauty and Asceticism in Upper Egypt"

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    Spinello Aretino's Magdalene, ca.1400
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    Amy Gillette, "The Parabolical Sense of Spinello Aretino's Magdalene Banner"

    May 06, 2015

    to be presented at the 50th Annual International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI

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    Manet's "Street Singer", 1862
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    Dr. Therese Dolan to speak at the University of Delaware

    April 30, 2015

    Dr. Therese Dolan will present a lecture, "Manet's Street Singer and the Poets"

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     Walker Evans, Joe's Auto Graveyard, Pennsylvania, 1936
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    Practice Talk: Peter Han-Chih Wang, "Automobiles and the Roadside: Reframing Walker Evans's American Photographs"

    April 23, 2015

    To be presented at the Fellows Lectures in American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. May 7, 2015 

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    Alberto Sánchez, Maternidad, 1933
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    Practice Talk: Maite Barragán “Regeneration and Madrid's Suburbs: Tradition and Transition in the Spanish Avant-Garde”.

    April 08, 2015

    To be presented at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, April 10-11, 2015

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    Anonymous, Portrait of Gabriel Prato of Asti, 16th century, oil on stone. Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome (photo by author)
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    NEW DATE! NEW ROOM! Practice Talk: Bradley Cavallo “The Body Made Whole Again: 16th-17th Century Mortuary Monuments in Rome.”

    April 08, 2015

    To be presented at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Art History Graduate Student Symposium, “Figuring it out: Bodies and the

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    Camille Claudel, Sakuntala, 1888
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    Practice Talk: Alice Price “The Female Nude and the Woman Artist: The Expressive Symbolist Womb”

    April 06, 2015

    to be delivered at the Humanities Research and Education Association Annual Conference in San Francisco on April 9, 2015.

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    John James Audubon, The Birds of America, Plate 321, Roseate Spoonbill, 1824–38
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    Practice Talk: Brittany Strupp “To Make a Portrait of a Bird: John James Audubon’s Birds of America and Post-Revolutionary Portraiture”

    April 15, 2015

    To be presented at the Art History Graduate Student Symposium, Ohio University, April 17-18, 2015

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    John Singer Sergeant, "Gassed", 1918-1919, Imperial War Museum, London
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    Practice Talk: Lea C. Stephenson, "The End of an Era: John Singer Sargent's "Gassed" and the Social Preoccupations of Aestheticism"

    April 13, 2015

    To be presented at the 6th Annual Undergraduate Art history Conference at Baker University, April 25, 2015

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     Nursing Mother of God, north semidome (detail) of the Red Monastery Triconch Sanctuary, sixth century CE © ARCE
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    Practice talk: Agnieszka Szymanska “Theōria as a Mode of Spiritual Seeing in Early Byzantine Asceticism”

    April 02, 2015

    To be presented at the Sixty-Sixth Annual Meeting of The American Research Center in Egypt in Houston, Texas, April 24-26, 2015 and secon

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    Thomas Stothard, Callicum and Maquilla, Chiefs of Nootka Sound, 1790
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    Monica Hahn “ “Nootka Royalty” and Nuu-chah-nulth performance: the trade in sea otter pelts, images and identity in the 18th-century Pacific sphere”

    March 30, 2015

    Practice talk, to be presented at the "The Americas and the Pacific," The Eleventh Annual Yale University American Art Graduate Symposium

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    Vincent van Gogh. Montmartre: Windmills and Allotments, March-April 1887
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    Christa DiMarco "Agriculture and Industry in Van Gogh's Paris-Period Paintings”

    March 11, 2015

    Practice talk, to be presented at the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art, Twelfth Annual Graduate Student Symposium in N

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    Pontormo, "Virgin and Child with Saint Anne", 1529
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    The Fifth Annual Distinguished Alumni and Scholars Lecture

    February 21, 2015

    The Department of Art HIstory presents Dr. Jack Wasserman, Professor Emeritus, Tyler School of Art/Temple University: "Jacopo Pontormo's

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    Wrangelschrank, 1566, Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturegeschichte, Münster
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    Dr. Andrew Morrall, "Art Geometry and the Imagery of the Ruin in the 16th Century Kunstkabinett"

    March 10, 2015

    Dr. Morrall is a Professor at the Bard Graduate Center, NY The lecture is free and open to the public; it is sponsored by the Department

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    Edgar Degas, Unfinished Print: Mart Cassatt at the Louvre, The Etruscan Gallery, 1879
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    Whitney Kruckenberg, "Degas and the Vaunting of 'le non fini'"

    February 25, 2015

    Practice Talk for the Mid-Atlantic Symposium, to be done by Skype

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    Julie McGinnis Flanagan to speak at PAFA's Graduate Symposium, Feb 28, 2015

    February 28, 2015

    Title of her talk: The Garden in Grand Central: Harriet Whitney Frishmuth and the Interwar Market for American Sculpture Free to all stud

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    Harriet Frishmuth, "Joy of the Waters" 1917
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    Julie MGinnis Flanagan, "The Garden in Grand Central: Harriet Frishmuth and the Interwar Market for American Sculpture"

    February 11, 2015

    Practice presentation for PAFA Graduate Symposium on "The Artist and the Garden", Feb. 28, 2015

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    Dana Schutz, Man Eating his Chest, 2005
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    Heather L Castro: “Carnival Feasting: Dana Schutz, Land of the Dead, and Processing Collective Trauma”

    February 02, 2015

    To be presented at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conference, Albuquerque, NM. February 13th, 2015.

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    Mary and Jesus Nativity, Qisas al-Anbiya, 16th c
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    Sumreen Chaudhry: "Ottoman Virgin Mary: Mother of a Prophet or Mother Prophetess?"

    February 02, 2015

    To be presented at the Center Islamic Studies at 2015 Joint National Conferences (NAAAS, NAHLS, NANAS, IAAS, and CID) Baton Rouge, LA, Fe

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    Raphael, "Sistine Madonna", 1512
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    Dr. Marcia Hall "Sacred Images, The Body, The Senses at the time of Reformation"

    January 28, 2015

    To be presented at the Princeton Theological Seminary, Feb 10, 2015

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    Camilio Jose Vergara, "Tracking Time: Documenting America's Post-Industrial Cities"

    January 22, 2015

    Lecture supported by Art History, English, Journalism, Temple Contemporary and the Senate Lectures and Forums fund.

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    Miss ArtPark People
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    William Schwaller, "Preserving and Controlling the Experience of Land Art: Films by Mary Miss and her Contemporaries"

    January 21, 2015

    To be presented at the College Art Association Conference, NY February 11, 2015 Session: Preserving the Artistic Legacies of the 1960s

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    Art History Graduate Organization

    Art History Graduate Organization (AHGO)

     For students pursuing an MA or Ph.D. in Art History at Tyler

    AHGO website

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