Art History at Columbia University

When the National Research Council, in its most recent report, rated Columbia as the foremost institution in the nation for art history scholarship, it again recognized a legacy of excellence dating back more than seven decades. Meyer Schapiro earned Columbia's first Ph.D. in the field in 1929 with a dissertation that was to revolutionize the study of Romanesque art. In the years since, scholars here have shaped nearly every area of study in the field: art and architecture of the Americas until 1550 to postmodern, style analysis to critical theory.

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