The Logic of Art History Study

Blog post by Dr. Melody Davis The Logic of Art History Study   I remember my first art history class.  Somewhere between awe and panic for the process, I decided that I had better be very studious, very organized, and develop a method—or drown.  Dr. Kirk Varnedoe was kindly, brilliant, strict, and his expectations, well,…

Study Tips for Art History Exams

Study Tips for Art History Exams: STEADY DAILY PREPARATION Nothing compares to this. Set aside one hour a day for Art History study with one day off. Read the book. Take more time to look at the illustrations than reading the text. Read the text Go back to the illustrations and understand the points of…

Why Do Art Historians Make Us Memorize?

1. They are great big meanies. 2. They never found out about the internet. 3. They actually think we’ll remember this ****. 4. Somebody did it to them. One of the hardest things that art history students struggle with is the requirement to commit works of art to memory. Say “memorize” and images of archaic…