I stand with my friends & colleagues who protest against the decision to drop #arthistory as an A-Level subject [American high school] in the United Kingdom, where I spent more than a decade pursuing post-graduate studies in the history of art, at The Courtauld Institute of Art, & University of Oxford.
In the words of The Courtauld’s Director Deborah Swallow art history is “a subject which is enormously important to the economy, culture and well-being of this country. History of Art is a rigorous interdisciplinary subject which gives its students the critical skills to deal with a world that is increasingly saturated with images. It brings together visual analysis with history, languages, literature, chemistry, and art and design to name but a few inter-related areas of study and research. Those studying it at university level have a significant impact across the cultural sector, especially in public museums and galleries.
Art History as a subject needs to be much better known and not denigrated. The Courtauld Institute of Art, the oldest higher education institution in this country dedicated to its study, is deeply committed to increasing understanding and enjoyment of the study of the history of art and to working with others to ensure that it is embedded across the school curriculum and is accessible to all our school students.”
Photo: Marcello Maloberti (b. 1966) at the 16th La Quadriennale di Roma, courtesy Raffaella Cortes Milan.