Leonardo Di Vinci's Mona Lisa
A Sunday on La Grande Jatte
Into Bondage by Aaron Douglas 1936


The Department of Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in Saint Louis has a rich past and a vibrant present. One of the oldest Art History programs west of the Mississippi, the Department was an important force in establishing recognition for Art History outside of the eastern United States. The program was built by some of the foremost figures in the discipline, including Jean Sutherland Boggs, Frederick Hartt, and George Mylonas. The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum is one of the most distinguished university collections in the United States. The Department is housed within the distinguished School of Arts and Sciences, and is also an active collaborator with the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, as well as the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.
Dr. Mark S. Weil, E. Desmond Lee Professor Emeritus of Art History and Archaeology
Women's Building Formal Lounge @ 5:00 pm
Dr. Sarah Bond, Associate Professor of Classics, University of Iowa
Location TBD @ 6:00 pm

Faculty Spotlight

Welcome, Dr. Nicola Aravecchia

I hold a Ph.D. in Art History and an M.A. in Ancient and Medieval Art & Archaeology, both from the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. in Classical Studies from the University of Bologna. My research interests encompass the art and archaeology of Graeco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt. My current work focuses on the origins and development of Early Christian architecture in rural Egypt. Since 2005, I have been involved in archaeological projects in the Dakhla Oasis, located in the Western Desert of Upper Egypt.  I have taught courses in Classical Languages, Ancient History, Art, and Archaeology in the United States, Egypt, and Australia.
I am thrilled about my new joint position in the Departments of Classics and Art History and Archaeology at Wash U. It really is an ideal fit for me, as I will be able to pursue, within the context of a world-class institution, my research and teaching interests in both Latin & Greek and Classical and Late Antique Art & Archaeology. I am very much looking forward to beginning my appointment at Wash U in January!