Words and Pictures: Attribution and Connoisseurship

Module code: HA1120 
Module co-ordinator: Professor David Ekserdjian

Module Overview

This module is intended to introduce students to the particular requirements of writing about works of art. They will be required to examine different kinds of writing – articles, catalogue entries, book chapters, reviews and different approaches within these categories. At the end of the module, students will be better equipped both to read and write art history. The benefits for all their subsequent studies are self evident.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this first year module students should be able to:

  • Identify and distinguish between different kinds of critical texts on works of art, ranging from monographs to dictionary entries
  • Critically analyse different examples of the same genre of writing
  • Apply these skills to writing their own texts about images, demonstrating that they can produce their own examples of different genres


  • 20 hours of seminars
  • 180 hours of guided independent study


  • Exam, 2 hours (50%)
  • Essay, 1,500-2,000 words (50%)