Definition of art history in English:

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art history

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noun

The academic study of the history and development of painting, sculpture, and the other visual arts.
Example sentences
  • Pater was writing just when the working methodology of academic art history was being established.
  • The study of art history in a Ph.D. program took up the better part of the next 15 years.
  • Hegel has been called the father of history for the historicizing model he offered the field of art history.

Derivatives

art historian

noun
Example sentences
  • France Morin is an independent contemporary art curator and art historian based in New York.
  • Much has been made of Smyth's family background, for he is the son of Renaissance art historian Craig Hugh Smyth and was brought up in Italy.
  • Along with Ruskin, Pater is the late-nineteenth-century English art historian whose writing and arguments remain of living interest.

art historical

adjective
Example sentences
  • Certainly, he fixes on indubitable ‘greats,’ the art historical warhorses Leonardo, Michelangelo, Diego Velazquez, Pablo Picasso, and the like.
  • The book, written by French art critic and curator Michel Nuridsany and photographed by Mare Domage, presents a lengthy preface that puts the new generation of artists into an art historical and social context.
  • Those of us trained as art historians may need to relax a few of our scholarly reflexes to enjoy it, as it does not fall comfortably into the genre of art historical scholarship.

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Syllabification: art his·to·ry

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