Art History demonstrates the enormous impact that history, philosophy, literature, politics, science, technology and economics have had on the history of art. Works of art create immensely concentrated bundle of meanings, through style and subject matter; and art history equips us to engage this branch of culture, which is as intellectually exciting as it is visually stimulating. The work of art is the touchstone of art history and its meanings are first and foremost visual, but art history also demands finely honed skills of critical thinking. I teach the history of art, in part, by teaching the history of art history. By exposing students to a breadth of fine art historical interpretations, and by cultivating critical thinking, students learn that art history is far more than a cold list of facts.
My current research concerns the intersection between the Victorian Women's Rights Movement and Victorian Art. In particular, I am concerned with the case of the artist, George Frederic Watts. Watts, a supporter of the suffrage movement, frequently painted works addressing women's rights