We regret to announce that the Department of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania will not be making admissions to the PhD program during the 2021-22 cycle. We welcome applications for the MA program. For more information, see the Admissions page.


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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