Ten tips for giving effective art history presentations


The PowerPoint presentation is a standard way of sharing academic research in the art history field.  Presentations are given at professional conferences, academic talks, and everyday classes at graduate and undergraduate college levels.  Topics in art history will almost always be heavily visual, so it is important to know how …

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Four ways to find art history paper topics


Every student who takes art history courses will sooner or later be assigned the task of writing a research paper. Sometimes your professor may assigned the specific topic you write on, but at other times you are responsible for formulating your own research idea. Developing this idea can make or …

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Nicola Pisano’s Baptistery Pulpit in Pisa


Changes in styles or movements in the history of art are often the result of gradual phenomena, so the creation of new works which signal sudden changes are particularly significant. One such work which art historians point to as signaling a turning point in Western sculpture is the pulpit for …

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Titian’s Pastoral Concert


The great painting in the Louvre entitled the Pastoral Concert (also the Pastoral Symphony and the Fête champêtre) is mysterious both in meaning and in authorship, but it has been one of the more influential paintings in the museum, particularly on nineteenth-century painters who came to Paris to see it.  …

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