• And so rather than sitting and pondering forever whether a visual is an art work or a scientific image, it's more productive to say a multitude of images exist in the world—and to ask what they do. Where do they live? What kinds of inquiries do they prompt? What do they be of the viewer?

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Technical Art History

  • October 28, 2013
  • By a2ru      
Knowledge of the materials and techniques used to create works of art can significantly inform art-historical understanding.


Technical Art History is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of works of art that employs scientific and historical methods to explore the processes used by artists and considers how materials and techniques influenced creative practices through time. Centered around case studies, this is a laboratory-based course that introduces students to a variety of methods and analytic tools.

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