The Department of Art History consists of eleven faculty members whose specializations include the art of the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, from antiquity through contemporary times. We are a methodologically and theoretically diverse department, and each year our permanent faculty is enriched with numerous affiliated and visiting professors, including museum curators and postdoctoral fellows.

Recent News

Did you know that silk and metallic thread textiles produced in Isfahan helped pay for the Renaissance in Europe? Or that Safavid carpets shaped political alliances across the Early Modern world?

More than 100 art historians, archaeologists and museum professionals representing 30 different museums and universities from across the country and as far as Italy gathered at the two institutions

Rice PhD candidate wins coveted position at one of the nation's premier museums.

Lectures, Openings & Events

Talk by Alejandro Vergara, Senior Curator of Flemish and Northern European Paintings, Museo Nacional del Prado
Talk by Alejandro Vergara, Senior Curator of Flemish and Northern European Paintings, Museo Nacional del Prado
Jan 26 | 4pm | Rice University - Room TBA