The History of Art Department at UCL is a world-leading centre of scholarship, consisting of a diverse community of researchers. The research culture of the Department is vibrant, a place where the challenge and excitement of thinking about visual form and material practices in their historical, social and political dimensions are never forgotten. More than a set of degree courses and research outputs, the Department is a community of scholars committed to pushing the boundaries of the critical and scholarly study of all forms of art.
The department has a longstanding expertise in the study of print culture as well as a unique concentration of scholars working on French eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art, especially the visual and material culture of the French Revolution. Other strengths include the study of Italian and Northern early modern visual culture as well as modern and contemporary art. The department is renowned for its contributions to feminist art history, and has significantly advanced the critical interrogation of class and race. Staff and research students working from the Medieval to the Contemporary are engaged with questions of materiality, media, sexuality, animality and the body.
Find out in more detail about the UCL History of Art Research Excellence Frame work results.
Listings of all our Research Staff, including contact details, research interests, publications and more.
The Material Studies Laboratory is a research and teaching facility housed within the Department of History of Art, UCL.
Publications & Exhibitions
OXFORD ART JOURNAL
This issue focuses on 18th/19th century visual culture and dedicated to the work of Helen Weston.
REVOLUTION UNDER A KING
An exhibition which featured prints from the early, highly volatile years of the French Revolution.
An on-line bookshelf with a selection of publications authored and edited by staff past and present.
An exhibition which reflected on how we decipher the perils of production, and how perceptions of risk have changed over time.
The Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art is a lively research community for graduates and staff working and researching in the field of contemporary art.
Past Imperfect is a visual culture research seminar series that shares and explores recent concerns with the past and its place in the present.