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.
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Faculty Spotlight

Susan Ludi Blevins, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in Ancient Art

Professor Blevins specializes in ancient Roman and Greek art and architecture. Her research interests include the relationship between art, religion, and memory in the Roman and Greek world, the intersection of visual culture with issues of identity, power, and representation, the topography and built environment of sacred space, and cognition and visual culture. At Washington University Professor Blevins will teach courses on ancient art, including a freshman seminar, From Hercules to Harry Potter: Picturing Heroes in Ancient Greece, Rome, and Beyond. In connection with this seminar and her Roman Art and Archaeology course, in the Spring of 2017 Professor Blevins will curate an exhibition, (Re)presenting Heroes, Defining Virtue, in the Teaching Gallery of the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University.