Main Program



The Department of Art History’s main program is entitled “The Languages of Art and Culture: Aspects of Interaction”. The lectures and seminars included in this program are based on interdisciplinary and comparative research methods, which expand and enrich the scholarly horizons of professional humanities scholars regardless of their particular field of expertise. Traditionally, our department’s special area of interest is the history of cultural contacts between Russia and Europe.


The master’s program is built around three cores:

  • Interaction of Artistic Codes. Students learn about key problems in the spatial arts, literature, theater, music, etc., as well as acquire the skills for analyzing them. Special attention is paid to various aspects of the relationship between the visual and the verbal as the core issue of European culture from antiquity to the present day, as well as the latest diverse visual practices in their interaction with traditional forms of art.
  • Russian and Foreign Art: Issues of Interaction. This group of courses presents a typological and historical-comparative analysis of phenomena in Russian and foreign (especially Western European) culture. The processes of culture interaction are investigated both from a broad temporal perspective and via specific examples of creative contacts and individual works. The study of this group of subjects enables students to form an adequate idea of Russian art’s place in the international context.
  • Social History and the Sociology of Art. This block of courses is based on the work of Russian (1920s) and international (1970–present) art scholars. It helps students develop the ability to analyze art in its social and ideological aspects, and investigate art institutions and the figure of the artist as social and historical phenomena.