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The Red Studio

​A detail of a painting by Henri Matisse from 1911.


​Athens Acropolis, Greece, ca. 480-393 BCE

History in Painting

Painting students adopt still life ​practices used by Renaissance masters to enhance their skills.

Dominican History

​Explore sculpture throughout our campus.

​Art History 

The program in Art History is designed for undergraduates interested in a liberal arts education, as well as for those preparing for graduate study in the field. The Art History Division emphasizes the historical, cultural, and formal contexts of art. 

The culmination of the course of study in Art History comes during the senior year. All Art History majors are required to complete a thesis paper on a specific art historical concept. During this capstone program students are assigned a writing tutor and work to further develop their research and writing skills. The students present their theses to the faculty of the Department and refine their work, which is published in the Departmental Art Journal annually. 


Catholic and Dominican

What does it mean to be a Catholic and Dominican college? We invite you to explore this question and the distinctive mission of Providence College.
About Providence College's Catholic and Dominican Identity