What is Art History? - Definition & Overview


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Which of these would NOT be something an art historian would traditionally study?

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1. Why do art historians study individual works of art?

2. Which of these would not be a formal element of a work of art?

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  • Formal elements of a work of art
  • Why art historians study individual works of art
  • The meaning of art history
  • Material that an art historian would traditionally study

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