History of Art


History of Art

The History of Art Department at UCL is one of the most dynamic centres for the study of art history and visual cultures in the world. Known for our critical and self-reflexive approach to the subject, we are committed to a wide range of critical, historical and historiographical inquiry. Theoretical rigour and close attention to the materiality of the object are stressed in our programmes at all levels. The main focus is on the history of the art of Europe and of the Americas from the Middle Ages to the present, but the problems we address cut across boundaries of geography, chronology and discipline.
Philip Guston, If This be Not I (detail)

Philip Guston, If This be Not I

Karen Lang (Slade Professor of Fine Art, University of Oxford, 2019-20)

Thursday 31 October, 6pm

Tomás Harris lectures 2019

Images on a Mission in Early Modern Kongo and Angola

Dr Cécile Fromont (Yale University)

Tuesday 3 and Thursday 5 December

film reels

The Cabinet of Obsolete Media

The Cabinet of Obsolete Media has been conceived as a teaching collection of media and technologies of the image in the department. The Cabinet aims to collect devices and technologies that represent the development of time-based media, particularly as resources for academic art historical study and reference.

Bob Mills leading Hide and Seek Tour

Provost's Public Engagement Award

The department is pleased to congratulate Professor Bob Mills, who has been awarded a Provost's Public Engagement Award (Established Career category).

Richard Taws in the Strang Print Room

Research Staff

Listings of all our Research Staff, including contact details, research interests, publications and more.

Staff publications

Staff Publications

An on-line bookshelf with a selection of publications authored and edited by staff past and present.

HOAS, logo

UCL History of Art Society

The UCL History of Art Society (@uclhoas) is a communal space for students with similar interests in arts and culture to come together in a welcoming environment.