Fields of Study

The department has seven faculty members who cover the history of art in Europe and the Americas from early Byzantium through contemporary film. Particular emphases are the medieval afterlife of classical art and artifacts ( Alicia Walker), the Italian Renaissance and its historiography (David Cast), the Netherlands and Germany (Christiane Hertel),19th-century France (Steven Levine), and post-World-War II art, theory, and film (Lisa Saltzman, Homay King).

In their scholarship and teaching, the faculty represent a range of critical and interpretive positions from art history in the tradition of Erwin Panofsky through its post-structural critique, including feminist and gender theory, psychoanalytic theory, reception theory, and semiotics.