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VPHD48 Advanced Seminar in Art History and Visual Culture

This guide is meant to help you find the resources that you need for in order to complete your assignments in this advanced seminar in art history and visual culture, focusing on provenance and ownership.

Welcome to VPHD48 - Advanced Seminar in Art History and Visual Culture

Theme 2021: Provenance and Ownership

This senior capstone course focuses big questions: what is art history and visual culture? This course examines ambiguities, challenges, methods and theories of the discipline. You will be expected to practice methodological and theoretical tenets, and follow independent research agendas. The focus for on the theme of Ownership and Provenance. Some topics that will be covered include: 

  • What are the impacts and implications of ownership on art historical scholarship?
  • Who decides who owns a piece of art? How does the history of ownership change our understanding of an object?
  • What are the current professional, ethical, and moral standards for provenance research –and where do we need to go?

This guide will help you to find that the resources that you need to explore these topics and complete your assignments. 

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer

Gustav Klimt, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons