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Bartholomeus Spranger: Splendour and Eroticism in Imperial Prague, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Jupiter and AntiopeOrganized by Adjunct Associate Professor Sally Metzler, this is the first major exhibition devoted to Bartholomeus Spranger (1546–1611), a fascinating artist who served a cardinal, a pope, and two Holy Roman Emperors, this exhibition examines Spranger's remarkable career through a selection of his rare paintings, drawings, and etchings, most of which are on loan from international museums and private collections. Spranger emerged as one of the most prominent artists at the court of Rudolf II in Prague and the most significant Northern Mannerist artist of his generation. Adding a unique dimension to the exhibition are works by artists who helped shape Spranger's artistic horizon.  More information about the exhibit can be found at the Metropolitan Museum website, and a review of the exhibition can be found here.

The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960-1980

Alison Fisher (Ph.D. 2014), now the Harold and Margot Schiff Assistant Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Art Institute of Chicago, co-curated the exhibition "The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980" now on view in Galleries 283–285 at the Art Institute. There is a three-day conference in conjunction with this exhibition from November 20-22.

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2014 Winter Courses Now Available

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A New Location for the Department

The Department of Art History has moved to a new address while our building is being renovated. We are now located in downtown Evanston, at 1800 Sherman Ave, Suite 4400, Evanston, IL 60201. We hope you will visit us at our new space.



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2014-15 Warnock Lecture Series

Yukio Lippit, The Ise Shrines and the Metabolism of Japanese Architecture

Japan's Ise Shrines are notable for being entirely rebuilt every twenty years, a practice that has continued almost uninterrupted since the late seventh century. This lecture explores the historical context in which Japan's Ise Shrines were first formalized as a shrine compound, and considers the various ways in which their "renewal" has been understood throughout history.  Lippit is the Harris K. Weston Associate Professor of the Humanities in the History of Art + Architecture at Harvard University.


Warnock Undergraduate Seminar
with Yukio Lippit

Department Symposia

Oct 17-18
Myers Symposium in Honor of David Van Zanten Organized by Sheila Crane, Min Lee, and Kevin Murphy

Winter 2014
Visual Public Spheres: Art Media in the Middle East and North Africa, 2001-2011
Organized by Hannah Feldman

April 24
Organized by Claudia Swan

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Welcome to the Northwestern University Department of Art History, a place comprised of a highly talented and productive group of scholars I am proud to call my peers. Our faculty is renowned for its interdisciplinary scholarship with particular strengths in early modern and 19th-century European art and architecture, Modern and Contemporary art and architecture across the globe, and Black Visual Culture in the United States and African Diaspora. Read more

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November 20, 2014