The History of Art explores the range of objects and monuments made from prehistory to the present day.


The Graduate Group in the History of Art includes all the members of the Department of the History of Art, plus art historians from other departments in the University and from other Philadelphia institutions.


Our faculty has received the University’s most prestigious teaching awards as well as the field's major prizes and research fellowships. We mentor students closely as they develop research skills and their capacity for independent, critical thinking.

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The 22nd Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art

March 24, 2017

The Barnes Foundation, Comcast Auditorium, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Symposium - Objects of Study: Paper, Ink, and the Material Turn

March 31, 2017 to April 1, 2017
Philadelphia Museum of Art and the University of Pennsylvania's Kislak Center for Special Collections

Dissertation Defense - Marina Isgro, "The Animate Object of Kinetic Art, 1955-68"

April 4, 2017

David Rittenhouse Laboratory, Room 4E9, 209 South 33rd Street

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