A year in pictures: History of Art at Oxford University

As we approach the first anniversary of the History of Art Department’s and Visual Resources Centre’s blog and the beginning of a new academic year, we thought we would use this post as an opportunity to reflect back on the past twelve months. It seemed appropriate to do this through a medium that is very familiar to us – images!

Matthew Walker visiting Pembroke College's JCR Art Fund Collection with prospective art historians

Dr Matthew Walker leads a visit to Pembroke College’s JCR Art Fund Collection

September 2014: This time last year, Dr Matthew Walker led a group of budding art historians to view some of Pembroke College’s art collection as a part of the Department’s Open Day.

The History of Art Department's new student reception, History Faculty, University of Oxford, October 2014.

The History of Art Department’s new student reception, History Faculty, University of Oxford, October 2014.

October 2014: We welcomed 13 new undergraduate & 32 new graduate students and looked forward to the academic year ahead of us.

'The Shock of the Old: Victorians and Edwardians in search of the past', lantern slide show at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 15-22 November 2014.

‘The Shock of the Old: Victorians and Edwardians in search of the past’, lantern slide show at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 15-22 November 2014.

November 2014: As Dina Akhmadeeva (MSt History of Art and Visual Culture, 2014) wrote our inaugural blog highlighting the Visual Resources Centre’s lantern slide collection, some of these jewels appeared in an Ashmolean exhibition as part of the Institute of Archaeology’s HEIR project and the Being Human Festival.

Talbot Patroculus

Bust of Patroclus, from WHF Talbot, Pencil of Nature, plate V, London, 1884

December 2014: The Christmas parties came thick and fast as Dr Mirjam Brusius alerted us to the 175th anniversary of Photography and the Bodleian’s acquisition of the Fox Talbot Archive.

Professor Antony Griffiths, Slade Professor of the History of Art 2014-15, delivering his inaugural lecture, January 2015

Professor Antony Griffiths, Slade Professor of the History of Art 2014-15, delivering his inaugural lecture, January 2015

January 2015: Professor Antony Griffiths, Slade Professor 2014-15, treated us to the first of a series of eight lectures based on the theme of ‘The Print Before Photography’.

Conservation underway in Charleston’s kitchen. Photograph © The Charleston Trust

Conservation underway in Charleston’s kitchen. Photograph © The Charleston Trust

February 2015: Alice Purkiss (MSt History of Art and Visual Culture, 2012) presented – and then blogged about – her work at the Charleston Trust at the History of Art Department’s Careers Seminar.

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus, 2nd Century AD, Athens. © Visual Resources Centre, History of Art Department, University of Oxford

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus, 2nd Century AD, Athens. © Visual Resources Centre, History of Art Department, University of Oxford

March 2015: Dr Matthew Walker (picking up on the theme of this year’s Slade Lectures) blogged about ‘The Building before Photography’ and reflected on prints as ‘evidence’ and as artefacts in their own right.

Craig Clunas delivering the keynote at the Association of Art Historians Annual Conference 2015

Craig Clunas delivering the keynote at the Association of Art Historians Annual Conference 2015.

April 2015: Professor Craig Clunas was key-note speaker at this year’s AAH (Association of Art Historians) Annual Conference, at which Dina Akhmadeeva was also presented with the AAH’s prize for best Dissertation.

Le Journal pour rire, 25 June, 1853, cover

Le Journal pour rire, 25 June, 1853, cover

May 2015: Dr Mirjam Brusius convened the Centre for Visual Studies Image and Object workshop on the theme of data and Dr Julia Langbein (Junior Research Fellow in Art History, Trinity College, Oxford), went on to compose a blog for us on the same theme.

History of Art Department BA Finalists, June 2015

History of Art Department BA Finalists’ Tea with staff, June 2015.

June 2015: We bid a fond farewell to our BA finalists as they completed their undergraduate studies.

History of Art UNIQ Summer School students & staff, July 2015

History of Art UNIQ Summer School students & staff, July 2015

July 2015: While Henry Tudor-Pole told us about a medieval crosier-head in the Ashmolean, we welcomed a group of UNIQ Summer School students, as well as some more prospective art historians at the Department’s Open Day.

Francis Haskell

Professor Francis Haskell, c.1964.
Image courtesy Mrs. Larissa Haskell

August 2015: We welcomed Dr Tom Stammers (Deakin Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, 2014-15) into the VRC’s archives as he reflected (in a guest blog) on Professor Francis Haskell’s contribution to the discipline of art history whilst the professor of the same at Oxford.

History of Art celebrates 60 years of art history professors at Oxford, Trinity College, Oxford, September 2015

History of Art celebrates 60 years of art history professors at Oxford, Trinity College, Oxford, September 2015

And finally, September 2015: We celebrated the 60th anniversary of the appointment of the first professor of the history of art at Oxford.

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