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Department of History of Art, Birkbeck, University of London

We offer full and part-time evening courses in History of Art, Museum Studies and the History and Theory of Photography.
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Welcome to Birkbeck

Department of History of Art

21 September – 27 October: Day for Night: Landscapes of Walter Benjamin

Come along to our free exhibition in the Peltz Gallery.

News from our head of department

Opening up Art History: 50 Years at Birkbeck

See our anniversary events for 2017/18

Our research centres

Find out more about our research centres and networks, focusing on photography, architecture, Eighteenth-Century Studies, digital technologies and more...

Study with us!

See all our our Art History courses here.

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Our Departmental blog covers current affairs, conversations and commentary on events.

Grant success for research students

Two of our first-year research students have recently had great success in applications for major public awards.

Academic awarded prestigious prize for his book on Renaissance architecture

Peter Fane-Saunders of the Department of History of Art has been awarded the highly prestigious Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Prize, which is awarded annually by the Renaissance Society of America for the best book in Renaissance studies.

The Murray Seminar on Medieval and Renaissance Art - Autumn 2017

The Department of History of Art at Birkbeck presents a series of seminars on medieval and renaissance art, supported by the Bequest established in memory of Professor Peter Murray, the Department’s founder.

26 January 2021 - 16:50: Murray Seminar: On the Trail of the Lonesome Nun: Giusto de' Menabuoi's London Triptych - Laura Jacobus

Murray seminar: On the Trail of the Lonesome Nun: Giusto de' Menabuoi's London Triptych

28 January 2021 - 18:00: Music and Noir in Comics: Reading Thompson and Campbell's Jem and the Holograms and Díaz Canales and Guarnido's Blacksad with Susan Bond and Hailey J. Austin.

Live Chat | Webinar The Comics Grid Webinar Series - Live Chats on Comics Scholarship

29 January 2021 - 18:00: Becoming Utopian Roundtable

Becoming Utopian explores the dynamic relationship between the transformative utopian impulse and radical political action.

4 February 2021 - 17:00: Arts Programme: Industry & Alumni Panel

A session delivered as part of the Arts Careers & Employability Programme 2020/21.

4 February 2021 - 18:00: Navigating Ethical Practice

Led by Tamsin Russell, Workforce Development Officer (Museums Association)