Global Art Histories


A broad survey of visual art spanning from the early modern period to the contemporary. Students will be introduced to a range of art practices situated within a global context and will consider art works produced in Maori and Pacific cultures alongside Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern, European and American traditions.

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline. 

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2024

Semester 2


Lecturer(s) Professor Gregory Minissale
Associate Professor Linda Tyler
Dr Caroline Vercoe

Recommended Reading

Adrienne Kaeppler, The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008)

Gregory Minissale, Images of Thought: Painting in Islamic India. (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009)

Partha Mitter, Indian Art. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001)

Nicholas Thomas, Oceanic Art. (London: Thames and Hudson, 1995)

Caroline Turner, ed. Art and Social Change: Contemporary Art in Asia and the Pacific. (Australia: Pandanus Books, 2005)

Frank Willett, African Art. (London: Thames & Hudson, 2003)

David Joselit, American Art Since 1945. (London: Thames & Hudson, 2003)

Jessica Rawson China: the three emperors,1662-1795 (London : Royal Academy of Arts, 2005)


Coursework + Exam


ARTHIST 115: 15 points