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Graduate Program

The graduate program in art history emphasizes close working relationships among students and faculty in seminars and concentrated, in-person study of works of art in the outstanding local collections.

Professor Aaron Hyman studies a tabella secretarum, from France c. 1700.


Our faculty are experts in ancient Mediterranean, ancient Near East, European medieval, European Renaissance and early modern, ancient and early modern Americas, Islamic, South Asian, and modern and contemporary art and architectural history.

Undergraduates at Walters Museum of Art to viewing exhibit “Ethiopia at the Crossroads” in fall of 2023.

Undergraduate Studies

In small classes and informal excursions, undergrads integrate their direct experience of works of art with knowledge acquired through historical research.

Upcoming Events

Caplan-Rosen Lecture Spring 2024: Prof. Kuiyi Shen 

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Calligraphic Language and Aesthetics in Contemporary Chinese Art Calligraphy entered contemporary Chinese art at the time modernist art reappeared in China in the 1980s, and gradually became an important component […]

News & Announcements

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The Routledge Companion to Global Renaissance Art

We are pleased to announce that the “Routledge Companion to Global Renaissance Art,” edited by Stephen Campbell, Henry and Elizabeth Wiesenfeld Professor in the Department of the History of Art, […]

Ella Gonzalez, PhD Candidate, discusses the impact of her Fulbright award on research

“The most rewarding part has been living and working in a culturally vibrant and caring country and community. In addition to my research, which involves hunkering for hours in libraries and museums, I also volunteer at a non-profit, Action for Women, that helps refugee and asylum-seeking women experiencing gender-based violence. As I am deeply interested in women/gender in the ancient Greek world through the lens of art history, it has been incredibly meaningful to make sure I am connected to the current lived realities of women in Greece. Moreover, through Modern Greek lessons and engagement with the vibrant literary, arts, and music scenes in Athens, I can genuinely say that the people here are some of the kindest and most welcoming individuals I have had the pleasure of meeting.”

Locating a Collective Lyric I

We are pleased to share that a special folio of The Hopkins Review, “Locating a Collective Lyric I,” is now available in both print and digital formats (The Hopkins Review 17.1). This […]