Division of Department of Integrated Human Sciences Department of Aesthetics and Western Art History
We study actual art objects in order to figure out the value of “aesthetics”
Interest in the fine arts and visual culture has been increasing in the recent years, and therefore it seems necessary now to question their meaning. Everyone in our department addresses the subject of their research with a general question: “How can it be interpreted?” Each work of art has value of its own, but each also holds a particular place in the history of the arts. The former can be estimated by the means of aesthetic theory, while the latter is determined by considering the work within its historical context. The style of the artwork, its iconography, and its social role are also taken into account.
Research interests in our department gravitate towards Ancient Greco-Roman art, Italian Renaissance art, Dutch art, and Modern French art, and their outstanding representatives. We also address the problem of East and West representation by comparing Eastern and Western arts. Students of our department receive thorough guidance in their studies and research. Furthermore, their awareness of various problems increases on daily basis, as they participate in heated discussions of the latest papers by Western researchers during seminars, and attend regular read-and-discuss sessions and study group meetings.
Quite a few members of our department spend time studying in Europe. There are many distinguished researchers among our graduates, and since our students are usually able to gain the curator qualifications, it is easy for them to find a position at a university or in a museum.