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History of Art

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Remembering Ward Bissell

Professor Emeritus Ward Bissell passed away on October 26th, 2019 peacefully in his home. Professor Emerita Shelley Perlove shares tribute on behalf of the department of History of Art.

"La Promenade" by Auguste Renoir, a review

History of Art invites students to share their written works on the department's channels; undergraduate Jaden Katz offers a closer look at Renoir's 'La Promenade'.

One of the three largest departments of art history in North America with specialists covering every major continent, Michigan has ranked among the top art history doctoral programs nationally. The department traces its origins to 1910, and has been home to some of the most distinguished scholars in the field. In keeping with this long tradition, we encourage interdisciplinary work to take advantage of the University’s great strengths across fields, including anthropology, archaeology, philosophy, film studies, women’s studies, area studies, and law.  


One of the department's core goals is to partner with other programs at Michigan and beyond. These partnerships bring History of Art into conversation with other disciplines and enrich our commitment to interdisciplinary study, at the same time fortifying our connection to the University of Michigan community. 

For a full list of partnerships, click here

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