Definition of art history in English:

art history


  • [mass noun] The academic study of the history and development of painting, sculpture, and the other visual arts.

    ‘a degree in art history’
    [as modifier] ‘the art history department’
    • ‘He became the first student from his local grammar school to go to Cambridge in fifty years, where he studied English and art history.’
    • ‘Time has marched on since my long-ago youth, and so have art history and criticism.’
    • ‘Propaganda posters are a part of the social history of the Chinese people and a part of China's art history.’
    • ‘Mr Falck has been a professional artist all his life and also lectures on art and art history.’
    • ‘The study of art history in a Ph.D. program took up the better part of the next 15 years.’
    • ‘She studied art history, and she's contemplating being a curator in a museum.’
    • ‘Pater was writing just when the working methodology of academic art history was being established.’
    • ‘Francesca Dal Lago is a Ph.D. candidate in Chinese art history at New York University.’
    • ‘Yet his position within twentieth-century American art history is not so apparent.’
    • ‘I came late to archaeology, having studied art history at undergraduate level.’
    • ‘She teaches art history and criticism at the University of Texas at San Antonio.’
    • ‘Once you were smitten with the idea of art history, did you have a conception of where it might lead?’
    • ‘There seem to be many traditions of modern art, all working at the same time. Is that why we should study art history?’
    • ‘Although neither show lives up to its hype, both include some of the most sublime paintings by two of art history's big names.’
    • ‘How art history will position itself in these demarcation disputes remains to be seen.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, it is often claimed that Japanese art history is in a state of crisis.’
    • ‘The authors of these essays are professors of history, literature, or art history.’
    • ‘Hegel has been called the father of history for the historicizing model he offered the field of art history.’
    • ‘Although he retains the painting style that he taught himself, Kox is no stranger to other contemporary artists, or to art history.’
    • ‘John Ott is a visiting assistant professor of art history at Whitman College.’


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