Welcome From The Chair


We regret to announce that the Yale Department of the History of Art will not accept applications to our graduate program during the 2021 admissions cycle.

In order to ensure that the department has resources to adequately support its students during the Covid-19 pandemic, we will hold off on bringing new students to the program until 2022. The decision to eliminate a cohort of future graduate students was not an easy one, but we have decided that our priority during these unsettled times is to take care of those who are already in our program; we believe that this is the most responsible course of action at the present moment. We look forward to reading applications again in the fall of 2021 for the 2022 cohort.

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Thank you for your interest in the Department of the History of Art. Whether you are a professional colleague, current or prospective graduate student, Yale undergraduate, or just someone exploring different Yale or art history websites, we hope you find our website informative and useful. Explore this website to discover not only basic information about the department but, more importantly, the tradition and vibrancy of the History of Art at Yale as well.

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.

Tim Barringer