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History of Art

St Peter's 13-18

History of Art

Stpeters27thSept 73

The Course

In History of Art the visual heritage of the Western tradition from 500BC through to the present day in Europe and North America is studied in an analytical and critical way. It focuses on the works of art both in the context of the development of the medium of expression itself and the historical, political, social and cultural context and influences of their production. Painting, Sculpture and Architecture are studied from a number of perspectives. Style, structure, techniques, form and genre will be considered to give pupils the capacity to interpret and analyse the art and architecture they encounter.

While the primary subject matter is visual, a readiness to read widely and an enjoyment of writing is essential. It will appeal both in its own right to those who want to understand our cultural heritage but also to those who wish to support their other subjects. Works of visual art, literature, music, history philosophy and the production of art itself all exert influences on each other. Combining History of Art with Fine Art, Music, the humanities or languages offered at the school will enrich and inform their study.


  • Paper 1
    Analytical Studies - 25%
  • Paper 2
    Historical Topics - 25%
  • Paper 3
    Thematic Topics - 25%
  • Paper 4
    Personal Investigation - 25%

Examination Board: Cambridge Pre-U

Additional Notes

Visits to galleries and buildings in the UK and abroad will be arranged to support the course. There are no forbidden or necessarily recommended combinations. A willingness to think for oneself and work hard at ones written expression is, however, essential. It is not necessary to have studied History or Art previously