*prerequisite of the History of Art by coursework degrees
This unit is the core course for all postgraduate degrees in History of Art. It provides an essential rooting within the discipline, established by examining objects, collections, displays, exhibitions, and institutions, as well as the ways in which consideration of these informs the writing of art’s histories. Since 2013, we have been working with the writing of “Object Biographies”, which encourages students to move beyond the current location of objects in a collection or institution, to trace how they are created and how they circulate in the world, appearing at different times in different living contexts. Each student completes a close study of a specific objects from a specific institution’s collections and becomes its biographer. Different object biographies take students across different disciplinary boundaries including art/ anthropology, art/history, and art/archaeology, as well as through various methodological terrains such as artist biography, iconographic analysis, scientific dating/scanning techniques, exhibition histories, and a variety of theoretical positions in the process of mapping and investigating artworks and objects through history.