For over seventy years, the Department of the History of Art here at Yale has introduced thousands of undergraduates to the aesthetic pleasure and intellectual engagement of looking at works of art, trained hundreds of graduate students as accomplished art historians who have gone on to successful careers as academics or museum professionals, and worked closely with the various museums on the Yale campus to document, interpret, and exhibit their collections. The dissertation topics and faculty publications posted on the website indicate the great range and quality of scholarship our department supports. Of course, teaching also lies at the core of our intellectual activity, evident in the challenging graduate and undergraduate courses that span many areas of world art. Our home building, the Jeffrey Loria Center for the History of Art, is located in the center of the university’s Art District, close to the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, the Yale School of Architecture, and the Yale School of Art. This provides faculty and graduate students the chance to instruct students in front of and with extraordinary paintings, sculptures, and other artifacts. Guest lectures and symposia further contribute to the intellectual energy of our program.
While we possess a distinguished history, we continue to grow and change. New faculty, research interests, classes, and students continually challenge us to re-invent and re-imagine what we study and why. Perhaps that dynamism is the most exciting thing about the History of Art at Yale. Welcome again to our website.
Edward S. Cooke, Jr.