Art History

Why is Paavo Nurmi portrayed running in the nude in his monument, but Eero Mäntyranta is skiing with all his clothes on in his statue? Why are the ceiling and the cupola of the Oulu Cathedral decorated with the same kind of motif as the Pantheon in Rome? What is an “Academic Icon“? These make good question for a researcher of art history.

Art History consists of history of images (the visual arts) and architecture (built environment). The field of Art History covers periods from prehistory till the present day, and geographically both European phenomena and often also cultures outside the European borders.

Art historical research is not restricted to perceiving the visual arts and architecture from historical perspectives. Recently, an increasing interest in art historical research has been placed on issues like how to survey images and architecture as such, and how to define the role of viewer response to art.

Despite its name, it is possible to research contemporary art within the field of Art History. However, familiarity with the myths of the Antiquity and the Judeo-Christian tradition is essential in art historical studies.

Art History increases students’ knowledge of the roots of European civilisation, from the viewpoints of both Eastern and Western traditions, giving a significant part to students’ education in the arts.

It is not possible to major in Art History at the University of Oulu, but it may be taken as a minor subject for 60 ETCS credits. As a minor subject it can well be combined with many subjects from the Faculty of Humanities (History, Literature, Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology,, languages etc.) There have always been also some students of Art History from other faculties.

The co-ordinating member of staff for Art History is the Senior Lecturer. There are also three docents in Art History. Besides the traditional modes of learning like lectures and examinations, studies in art history include practical work, learning diaries, analysing the visual arts, writing essays, seminar work and excursions.

Viimeksi päivitetty: 11.1.2013