Images shape the way we see ourselves and our world. In art history, we examine this from a historical perspective. We deal with painting, sculpture, drawing and architecture, but also with visual media such as film and photography or modern art forms such as installations and performances. Crafts and design are also subjects of art history.
These objects are analyzed in their respective historical context . For example, they can be associated with scientific, philosophical, theological, but also socio-historical and political developments. The subject area is just as diverse. It includes objects from Europe and North America from Christian late antiquity to the present. The Institute for Art History at the University of Stuttgart offers a wide range of courses . Cooperation with the Institute for Architectural History and the Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart round off the program.
Visual objects are at the center of art history . “Learning to see” - the ability to visually analyze works of art - is therefore an important basis for the course. In addition, as is usual for any university discipline, there are the basics of scientific work . These are the necessary tools to independently research historical source material and critically examine current scientific literature. The research objects are analyzed and interpreted on this basis. During the course, special attention is paid to working with originals on site
There is a wide variety of career opportunities for art historians. Classic professional fields are museums and galleries , monument protection, cultural administration and art trade as well as research and teaching at universities.
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