Art History - Specific Competences

1.      Ability to understand the theoretical and historical context of the artistic product on the basis of knowledge and understanding of materials and aesthetic value.

2.      Ability to understand and compare artworks from different chronological and geographical production areas as well as to convey verbally or in written form the artwork of a specific spatial and time based framework, taking into consideration the global art history.

3.      Ability to learn, appreciate and transfer the results of other disciplines into the field of art history.

4.      Ability to understand and value the embededness of the artwork in its historical and cultural context.

5.      Ability to understand the art historian’s importance to society as a keeper of the cultural heritage, as an expert in understanding and estimating the historical and geopolitical grid regarding the role and essence of the art within this context and as a connoisseur of the value of the physical remains of the past and the artistic creation of the present as a means of defining, signifying and reconstructing cultural identity.

6.      Knowledge and understanding of the ethics and the moral norms of the profession.

7.      Awareness of art historiography, art theory and criticism, aesthetics, museology and conservation.

8.      Knowledge and understanding of the concepts, the values and the debates that have formed the study, the practice and the critical theory in the Art History field in combination with ability to criticize already existing frameworks.

9.      Ability to evaluate the authenticity of an object by reference to its material construction and historical evidence such as its provenance.

10.    Ability to undertake close and systematic visual examination, informed by appropriate knowledge of materials, techniques and cultural contexts.

11.    Ability to record and describe such artworks with clarity and precision, using ordinary and specific language as appropriate to the topic and the intended audience.

12.    Knowledge of the terminology of Art History.

13.    Ability for technical and scientific analysis.

14.    Ability to set the artworks studied within appropriate art-historical, historical, economic, social, cultural, institutional and gender contexts.

15.    Ability to identify and analyze the development of and interrelation between functions, forms, genres and styles of different media.

16.    Knowledge of the variety of methodologies and tools in the extraction of the results available for analysis and interpretation.

17.    Ability to develop arguments concerning production processes, and concerning formal and functional ambitions and effects from close observation of artworks.

18.    Ability to evaluate the state of preservation of the artworks.

19.    Ability to relate the processes of making artifacts to their cultural functions and to assess and critically evaluate other explanations or arguments.

20.    Ability to understand the role of the artworks as carriers of meaning and value

21.    Ability to use appropriate methodologies for locating, dating, attributing and interpreting primary material sources.

22.    Ability to use appropriate methodologies for locating, assessing and interpreting primary written sources.

23.    Ability to select relevant evidence from the wide range of types of evidence used in the subject area, and to apply it to the examination of the art-historical issues and problems.

24.    Ability to produce logical and structured narratives and arguments supported by relevant evidence and specialist literature.

25.    Knowledge of the cultural contexts within which creativity, innovation and influence are exercised and interpreted.

Ability to analyse systematically and catalogue artworks.