Methodologies in Art History


1. To develop in-depth and rigorous knowledge of the main historiographic traditions associated to Art History’s different areas of specialization
2. To develop in-depth knowledge of the most significant national and international bibliography on the historiography of art associated to specific research areas
3. To acquire the tools of reflections that are necessary to articulate a critical perspective in the context of the conception and realization of a research project in the field of Art History
4. To understand the main problems involved in the shaping of a research project in the field of Art History
5. To acquire in-depth knowledge of the formal aspects involved in the preparation and presentation of a PhD dissertation in the field of Art History
6. To know the most recent debates concerning Art History as a discipline

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Margarida Duarte Brito Alves


Weekly - 2

Total - 280

Teaching language





DEBRAY, Regis, Introducción a la Mediología, Barcelona: Paidós, 2001.
DUNLEAVY, Patrick, Authoring a PHD: How to Plan, Write and Finish a Doctoral Thesis or Dissertation, Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
ELKINS, James, Stories of Art, London: Routledge, 2002.
________Visual Studies. A Skeptical Introduction, New York & London: Routledge, 2003.
HARRIS, Jonathan, Art History: Key Concepts, Abingdon & New York: Routledge, 2006.
HOLLY, Michael Ann, Panofsky and the Foundations of Art History, New York: Cornell University Press, 1985.
VATTIMO, Gianni, En torno a la Posmodernidad, Barcelona: Anthropos, 2012.

Teaching method

The seminar s sessions involve presentations by the lecturers who are responsible for the course as well as by guest lecturers, researchers or specialists, invited on the base of their research s interest. The presentations are followed by debates on the issues previously addressed or raised by the students own research focus. Besides the general bibliography of the course, each lecturer will provide the students with a specific bibliography on the subject of his/her presentation.

Evaluation method

Evaluation method - A monthly paper on one of the themes addressed in the sessions (5 pages) A final essay (15 pages)(100%)

Subject matter

1. Doctoral research in Art History: character and main objectives
2. Definition of what should be a thesis and how should the evidence gathered during the investigation can be articulated
3. Ethical issues involved in advanced research
4. Historiographic perspectives in articulation with current research in Art History
5. The role of theory in Art History research
6. Planning the different phases of research
7. The problems of document research
8. Presentation and analyses of case studies by teachers from various areas of the Art History Dep.