The Department of History of Art aims to deliver a rigorous, stimulating education in the History of Art and Architecture, with a strong emphasis on the study of works of art at first-hand. We look for students with motivation, intelligence and visual sensitivity. Currently we have around 100 undergraduates and 50 postgraduates.
It is part of the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art, and shares some facilities with Architecture. It is based at the South end of the Faculty building (Nos.1-5 Scroope Terrace, Cambridge CB2 1PX).
The History of Art Lecture Room known as Lecture Room 2 is on the ground floor of no.5 Scroope Terrace. The Department Office is on the ground floor and the Seminar Room is on the second floor; most of the academic staff's rooms are on the second floor and in the attic.
The post-graduate centre for History of Art students is at 4A Trumpington Street (opposite the Faculty). The History of Art Tripos is intended for those who wish to study the history of the visual arts and architecture in Western Europe and some non-Western Art.
The Department is located at Scroope Terrace near the Fitzwilliam Museum in Trumpington Street. Most lectures and supervisions take place there. Its facilities include the comprehensive Faculty Library, a rich collection of books especially relevant to the teaching of the Department.
In our courses we make full use of Cambridge's unique holdings of art and architecture, including the Fitzwilliam Museum, Kettle's Yard and the University Library - see links below - as well as those of the Colleges. The Hamilton Kerr Institute at Whittlesford, a department of the Fitzwilliam Museum dedicated to the conservation of easel paintings, contributes to our teaching and research.
Alumni of the Department
The Department's alumni include the sculptor Anthony Gormley who studied here in the 1970's; Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of the Tate Gallery; Charles Saumarez-Smith, Director of the Royal Academy; and curators such as Martin Clayton who is now Assistant Curator at the Royal Library Windsor Castle, and William Noel now Curator of Manuscripts at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore (both of whom studied here in the 1990's). Distinguished writers and academics include Martin Kemp (author of The science of art amongst other books), Charles Harrison and Tim Benton who wrote several textbooks for the Open University, Gavin Stamp and the late Michael Camille.
The Department of History of Art began its life as a separate Department in 1970, and the present History of Art Tripos dates from that time.