The Research Excellence Framework has confirmed our dept as world-leading

Research-led teaching in small groups for undergraduates and postgraduates

Vibrant student societies and activities, including a student-run gallery on campus

Undergraduate in York Art Gallery

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Our academics are involved in exhibitions of national importance

Department of History of Art

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Arnolfini Histories: Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait and its Receptions

10.00AM, National Gallery, London

Keynotes from Prof. Tim Barringer (Yale and Honorary Visiting Professor, University of York)and Prof. Cordula Grewe (Indiana University)


Seeing Past and Present in the Glazed Cloister of Park Abbey (1635-1644)

4.30PM, Bowland Auditorium BS/005

Ellen Shortell (Massachusetts College of Art and Design)


Script United. Safavid Iran, Ottoman Turkey, and Nasta‘liq Calligraphy in the Sixteenth Century

6.30PM, Bowland Auditorium BS/005

Dr Simon Rettig Freer Sackler Gallery

History of Art at York

Interested in studying with us? Explore our programmes:

Our degrees offer a rich variety of choices and specialisms. Learn more about our favourite topics:

Bitesize History of Art

Professional Partners

Via YAHCs (York Art History Collaborations), we are in partnership with Tate Britain, the V&A, the National Gallery and many more.

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Our Partnerships


Michael White HoD

Ours is one of the largest and most dynamic History of Art departments in the world. Particular strengths lie in

But what makes us special are the critical ideas and innovative approaches we bring to our teaching and research – all within a famously friendly atmosphere and spectacular historic location. 

Professor Michael White
Head of Department


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