The Father of Art History

The 8th of June is the day when the father of Art History was murdered in 1768.  Joachim Winckelmann was the man who in the 1750’s made the distinction between different styles and periods of Greek sculpture which became the methodology of Art History.  He...


Bronzino, Portrait of a Man holding a Statuette

Art History: Why study it? And what to do with it?

AHA tutor Andy Stewart MacKay on his own experience. Featured painting, Bronzino, Portrait of a Man holding a Statuette (c 1545) Go with alert eyes, a subtle mind and a sympathetic heart Too frequently as an Art History undergraduate (St Andrews University 1998-2002) I...


Photo of Bernini's sculpture of an elephant, in Piazza Minerva, Rome, with the Pantheon on the background.

Why the Elephant…?

A number of students have asked us why we have a sculpture of an elephant as our featured image. You’ll probably have seen him cropping up on our website, prospectus and perhaps even at your school’s gap year fair.  Well this isn’t just any elephant. It...