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  • In the late 19th and early 20th century, the Roman archaeologist Rodolfo Lanciani collected an enormous archive of Rome’s history—meticulously documenting the excavations of the city’s 3,000 years of continuous settlement.

    Today, Lanciani’s archive is housed in a 15th-century palace (formerly also Mussolini’s headquarters), which is accessible only to a handful of scholars who make the journey to Rome to see it.

    Now Assistant Professor of Art History ...

  • Every Dartmouth student knows The Epic of American Civilization, the massive mural cycle painted in the early 1930s by José Clemente Orozco in the lower level of Baker-Berry Library. Its panels of myth and conquest, violence and the transition from pre-Columbian to modern civilization have kept watch over generations of undergraduates studying in the reserve reading room....

  • The first large-scale traveling exhibition, The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screen, is co-organized by Dr. Sunglim Kim at Dartmouth College and Dr. Byungmo Chung at Kyungju University.  The exhibition is being presented at the Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University (September 29, 2016-December 23, 2016), at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas (April 15, 2017-June 11, 2017), and at the Cleveland Museum of Art (August 5, 2017-November...

  • August 28, 2017  by Hannah Silverstein

    On a sunny day toward the end of summer term, about a dozen students from Assistant Professor Nicola Camerlenghi’s “Art History 34: Castles, Cloisters and Cathedrals” class meet on the Bema. Their goal: Lay out the footprint of a 13th-century French gothic church using only technology that would have been available to builders in the Middle Ages.


  • Hanover, N.H. — John Maxwell “Jake” Jacobus, a world-renowned art historian, author, professor, Guggenheim Fellow, world traveler, music aficionado, father and grandfather, passed away on Monday, July 10, 2017. He was 89 years old. 

    Born on Sept. 15, 1927, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to Louise Rayland and John Jacobus Sr., Jake grew up in a civically engaged and academic household, developing a deep love for travel, music, art and history.

    Following his honorable discharge from the...

  • This fall, CAA awarded grants to the publishers of seven books in art history and visual culture through the Millard Meiss Publication Fund. Thanks to the generous bequest of the late Prof. Millard Meiss, CAA gives these grants to support the publication of scholarly books in art history and related fields.

    The seven Meiss grantees for fall 2016 are:

    • Rebecca Brown, Displaying Time: The Many...
  • Assistant Professor of Art History Sunglim Kim was an assistant curator at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco about 14 years ago when she first saw an example of a colorful 19th-century screen painting of shelves of books, Chinese porcelains, and Western objects like clocks and eyeglasses.

    “I didn’t think it was Korean,” she says. “When you think of Korean art typically you think of monochrome prints of bamboo trees...

  • This spring, Dartmouth students on the art history foreign study program collaborated with renowned artist William Kentridge on one of the largest public projects in Rome since the Sistine Chapel. The art piece, which premiered on April 21, is a gigantic frieze, 500 meters long and 10 meters tall, along the wall of the banks of the Tiber River. Titled “Triumphs and Laments: A Project for Rome,”it was created through the method of selective cleaning of patina, a thin layer of grime, that was...

  • Mrynna Cervantes ’16 grew up in El Centro, Calif., not far from the Mexican border. But though her family is Mexican-American, she says she never learned about Mexican history until she came to Dartmouth.

    “There’s not much Mexican history in the California curriculum,” says Cervantes, who is majoring in government and minoring in education.

    That’s one reason she took “Art History 72: Mexican Muralism” with Associate Professor of Art History ...

  • In this video, Dartmouth Associate Professor of Art History Mary Coffey explains the history, artistic elements, and legacy of José Clemente Orozco’s famous murals at Dartmouth. Last month, Coffey won the prestigious 2013 Charles Rufus Morey Award for her book on Mexican muralism.