Studies in our department deal with the Visual Arts throughout history, from the Prehistoric Era to the present day. They cultivate your abilities of observation and understanding by imparting knowledge and a variety of tools for evaluating, analyzing and interpreting works of art in their historical and broad cultural contexts.
The Department of Art History of the Hebrew University was founded in 1964, the first such department in Israel. The founders were the late Prof. Moshe Barasch (Israel Prize winner 1996), an expert on Renaissance and Baroque Art; the late Prof. Michael Avi-Yonah who, in addition to being an art historian, was also an archeologist and taught both Ancient Art and Art in the Land of Israel during the Roman Period; the late Prof. Bezalel Narkiss (Israel Prize winner 1999), an expert on Jewish and Christian Art in the Middle Ages; and Prof. Avram Kampf who researched and taught Modern Art. From that time forth the Department of Art History has raised generations of researchers and teachers who deal with all periods of the history of the visual arts from prehistory to today, impart knowledge and various tools for evaluating, analyzing and interpreting works of art in their historical and broad cultural contexts.
Department number: 197
Campus: Mount Scopus