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The Art History Department studies the forms, functions, meanings, and theoretical underpinnings of the visual arts, broadly construed to encompass such activities as performance, construction, and installation as well as painting, sculpture, photography, and architecture.  Our department considers works of art in historically and culturally specific ways, situating them within systems of belief, habits of visual literacy, practices of self-formation, social and political ideologies, patterns of sacred and secular discourse, assumptions about intentionality and authority, and currencies of global and transnational exchange. We comprise four collaborative faculty clusters: Ancient Mediterranean and American; Medieval/Renaissance/Baroque; Modern/Contemporary European, American, and African; and Architectural Studies. More Information

Giovanni Battista Falda, Map of Rome, 1676
Royal Piety (Pietas Regia), Pieter van der Heyden, After Crispijn van den Broeck, ca. 1568 Engraving, 37.6 x 24.6 cm. Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.
Thomas Struth Odenwald, 2006 17 1/4 x 23 2/4 inch Digital C-Print © Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University.
Pierre Bonnard, Petit Solfege, 1893. © MARBL, Manuscript, Archives & Rare Book Library, Emory University.
Corinthian capital from the Propylon of Ptolemy II, Sanctuary of the Great Gods, Samothrace Photo: B. D. Wescoat
Title: Antoni Gaudí, trencadís facing of the bench surrounding the plaça at the Park Güell, Barcelona, c.1915 Photograph by Judith C. Rohrer
Michael C. Carlos Hall, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Photograph by: Frank Jackson, 2011.
Neutra VDL House, Los Angeles, CA. Built in 1932. Designed by Richard and Dion Neutra. Photograph by: Todd Cronan, 2011.
Portrait of Augustus, recarved from a portrait of Nero (original c. A.D. 54-59), marble, Rome, Musei Vaticani, Sala dei Busti 274, in Photo: E.R. Varner.
Crest Mask Depicting a Founding Ancestor of Royal Lineage (Ndim-yang) Cameroon, Tikar, Bankim (?) Wood, pigment, fiber 19th century 2010.040.001 Gift of the Art History Department, the Institute of African Studies, and the Michael C. Carlos Museum in honor of Dr. Sidney Littlefield Kasfir. © Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Photo by Bruce M. White, 2011.
Rosales female shaman figure Costa Rica Rosales Zoned Engraved, Rosales Variety Period IV, ca. 500 BC ¿ 300 AD Ceramic Ex coll. William C. and Carol W. Thibadeau 1991.4.344 © Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Photo by Bruce M. White, 2008.
Detail from Miracles of St Andrew window, Troyes Cathedral, c. 1240.
Professor Campbell at the Louvre