Art History

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

Welcome to the History of Art Department at UC Berkeley. The department is among the smallest of the top dozen art history programs in the country with 16 faculty members, about 50 graduate students, and 100 or so undergraduate majors. Over the last 30 years, the National Research Council (NRC) has consistently ranked UC Berkeley's program among the top three. In the most recent NRC ranking, it appeared in first place, tied with another program. The department’s traditional strengths are in European and Asian Art, but in the past five years, we have expanded our coverage of the art of the Americas to include Pre-Columbian and Latin American as well as the full range of modern and contemporary American art.

The department’s offices are located in Doe Library on the Berkeley campus on the fourth floor of the finest humanities research library on the West Coast. We are situated in close proximity to both the department’s Visual Resources Center, which curates a substantial and growing body of digital images, and to the Art History/Classics Library. Many of the History of Art graduate seminars are held in the Jean Bony Seminar Room of this noncirculating library. Some further examples of the Berkeley program’s special resources are the annual Judith K. Stronach Travel Seminar, the annual Mary C. Stoddard Lecture in the History of Art, and the Curatorial Preparedness Initiative (funded over six years from the Mellon Foundation for a total of $1,250,000).

For information regarding Department events, see the Events page on the department's website.

For information regarding Faculty books, see the Books by Faculty section on the department's website.

Visual Resources Center

The Visual Resources Center (VRC) supports the History of Art department in the areas of digital teaching, image research, and audiovisual support. The VRC builds and maintains a collection of images for instructional and research purposes. The collection encompasses images of art and architecture of the world, ranging from prehistory to contemporary art. The VRC adds approximately 5,000 images per year to the collection, based largely on faculty requests. The facility is located in 307 Doe Library, situated within the Art History/Classics Library on the third floor of Doe Library. For further information, see the History of Art Department website.

Other Department Resources

Art History/Classics Library, located on the fourth floor of Doe Library
Berkeley Art Museum
Phoebe A. Hearst Museum

Undergraduate Programs

History of Art: BA, Minor

Graduate Program

History of Art: PhD

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Courses

Art History

Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Diliana Angelova, Assistant Professor. Gender, early Christian art, Byzantine art, late antique art, the Virgin Mary, early Christian empresses, imperial iconography, power and material culture, the empress Helena, the relic of the True Cross, urban development of Constantinople, textiles, ivories, mythology in Byzantine art, myth and genre in Archaic and Classical Greek art, romantic love in ancient and medieval art.
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Patricia Berger, Professor. China, buddhist art, East Asian studies, history of art, Asian architecture and art.
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Julia Q. Bryan-Wilson, Associate Professor. Contemporary art, feminist theory, queer theory.
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Whitney Davis, Professor.

Beate Fricke, Associate Professor. Medieval art and architecture, idolatry, iconoclasm, history of allegory, formation of communities, incest, anthropophagy, animation, emergence of life and procreation, theories and practices in use of images and relics, visual and material culture, Carolingian Art, Gothic Art, Ottonian Art.
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+ Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, Professor.

Christopher Hallett, Professor. Classics, Roman art, visual culture, portraiture, Hellenistic art, Roman Asia Minor, Hellenistic and Roman Egypt.
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Imogen Hart, Assistant Adjunct Professor.

Elizabeth A. Honig, Associate Professor. Painting, Rome, baroque, Renaissance, Antwerp, digital humanities, Brueghel, Rubens.
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Lauren Kroiz, Assistant Professor. History and theory of photography and new media, race and ethnic studies, the relationships between regionalism, nationalism and globalism.

Henrike Lange, Assistant Professor.

Anneka Lenssen, Assistant Professor.

Gregory Levine, Associate Professor. East Asian studies, history of art, Japanese art and architecture, histories of collecting, history of museums, Buddhist art and architecture, Buddhist visual culture.
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Margaretta M. Lovell, Professor. Architecture, design, American art.
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Sabrina Sonia Maras, Assistant Adjunct Professor.

Todd Olson, Professor.

Sugata Ray, Assistant Professor. Early modern, visual culture, Hinduism, Islam, architecture, Urban cultures, environmental studies, ecology, aesthetics, globalization, postcolonial studies, colonialism, museums, historiography, art history, India, South Asia.
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+ Andrew F. Stewart, Professor. Archaeology, classics, Greek sculpture, ancient art and architecture, the Hellenistic east after Alexander, the Renaissance reception of antiquity.
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Lisa Trever, Assistant Professor. Pre-Columbian Art History, Latin American Art History, archaeology, visual studies, historiography, Illustration.
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Lecturers

Ivy Mills, Lecturer.

Catherine Mary Telfair, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

+ Svetlana Alpers, Professor Emeritus.

Timothy J. Clark, Professor Emeritus.

Jacques De Caso, Professor Emeritus. History of European art of the XVIIIIth and XIXth centuries.
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Loren Partridge, Professor Emeritus. Urbanism, architecture, Italian Renaissance painting, sculpture, Rome, Florence, Venice, Italian courts, churches, palaces, villas, fresco decoration.
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Peter Selz, Professor Emeritus.

Anne Wagner, Professor Emeritus.

David H. Wright, Professor Emeritus. Art from Augustus to Charlemagne, palaeography and codicology, late Roman numismatics.
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Contact Information

Department of the History of Art

406 Doe Library

Phone: 510-643-7290

Fax: 510-643-2185

art_history@berkeley.edu

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Department Chair

Whitney Davis

415 Doe Library

Phone: 510-643-7290

wmdavis@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Student Services Advisor

Amy Tamayo

416 Doe Library

Phone: 510-643-7290

atamayo@berkeley.edu

Graduate Student Services Advisor

Isabel Seneca

416 Doe Library

Phone: 510-642-1416

isabel.seneca@berkeley.edu

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