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History of Art

 History of Art

History of Art

Programme Director: Evgenios Matthiopoulos, Professor
Information: Departmental Secretariat, tel.: 0030 28310 77337, 77336 e-mail:


Study Consultants: a) Evgenios Matthiopoulos, office 77, Department of History and Archaeology, tel. 0030 28310 77367,, b) Panayotis Ioannou, office 70, Department of History and Archaeology, tel. 0030 28310 77361,, c) Titina Kornezou, office 73, Department of History and Archaeology, tel. 0030 28310 77363,


Useful information for foreign applicants

Fees: the Programme has no fees.

Admission: through written and oral exams in European Art History from Renaisance to Picasso and in one foreign language (English, French, German, Italian or Spanish).

Dates of admission exams: end of September and beginning of February of each academic year.

Language of admission exams and instruction language: Modern Greek.

Degree requirements: degree in Art History recognized by the Greek National Academic Recognition Centre.


Ι. Presentation of the Programme

Since the academic year 1993-1994, the Department of History and Archaeology runs a Postgraduate Study Programme (P.S.P.) in “History of Art” within the frame of the Section of Archaeology and History of Art, in accordance with the Ministerial Decisions (Β7/254/22-6-2000 Greek State Official Gazette Issue/30.6.00, Β7/58/26.1.1994, Greek State Official Gazette Issue 87, vol. Β’) and the orders of the articles 10 to 14 of the law 2083/92.

The P.S.P. in “History of Art” aims at creating experts in the area of European and Modern Greek Art. The participation in the programme will allow for the acquisition of specialized knowledge and the familiarity with the research methods and analysing techniques of the work of art. Uppermost stage of examination, concerning the learning of the above, is the elaboration and successful public defending of a doctoral thesis. It is a common belief among the teaching staff that the history of art cannot be treated as a mere succession of shapes/figures through the ages, but that it demands an interdisciplinary approach (history of literature and music, history of ideologies, history of philosophy and aesthetics, political and economic history), in which the artistic phenomenon stands out as one of the elements that constitute the history of civilization. The modern Greek/Neo Hellenic art is integrated into the broader context of the history of European art.
On the basis of the above mentioned reasoning the courses have been structured in five thematic axes:

• Styles of European art
• Art criticism and theory-aesthetic theories
• Art – Society – Civilization
• European and Neo-Hellenic Art
• Exercises/Practice in front of original works of art (visits at Museums and Exhibitions).

Through examples of great historical range, the programme aims at highlighting the multiplicity of artistic phenomena as well as the method of approaching them.

ΙΙ. Degrees and Duration of Study
1. Degrees
The Postgraduate Study Programme in “History of Art” awards:
a) Postgraduate Specialization Degree in History of Art (equivalent to Masters Degree)
b) Ph.D./Doctoral Degree in History of Art

2. Duration of Study
The time span for the award of the degrees is four (4) at least academic semesters and five (5) at most academic semesters for the Postgraduate Specialization Degree, whereas for the Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) yet six (6) academic semesters are required.

ΙΙΙ. Entry/Admission Requirements
1. Graduate Categories
Candidates for the P.S.P. in “History of Art” should be graduates of the departments of History and Archaeology, Philology, Philosophical and Social Sciences, Sociology of Greek or foreign universities, as well as graduates of Schools of Fine Arts and of Architectural Schools of Greece or abroad.
The selection of postgraduate students is made according to the article 12, section 2 of the law 2083/1992. In particular, the following factors (all in a 10-degree scale) are being quantified/co-estimated:
• Degree grade with coefficient 1
• Oral interview with coefficient 2
• Written exam with coefficient 2
• Oral exam with coefficient 2
• Foreign Language with coefficient 1
• Written proposal of the candidate with coefficient 0.5.
Necessary requirement for the candidate’s admission is to take a pass in all exams (oral and written exam, interview and foreign language) and to accumulate at least 60 units of a total of 85.
The entry exams are held every year during the last ten days of February or/and of September. The announcements concerning the topics to be examined and the number of students being admitted are published in the beginning of December and the beginning of May respectively.

2. Number of students being admitted
The number of students being admitted to the programme for the two cycles of postgraduate studies is set at a maximum limit of fifteen (15).

IV. Regulation and Curriculum
1. Programme of courses of the First Cycle of Postgraduate Studies
The following postgraduate seminars are offered for the award of the Postgraduate Specialization Degree:

1st Semester
1. Art criticism and theory – aesthetic theories
2. Art – Society – Civilization

2nd Semester
3. European and Neo-Hellenic Art
4. Styles of European art

3rd Semester
5. Art criticism and theory – aesthetic theories
6. Styles of European art

4th Semester
7. Art – Society – Civilization
8. Styles of European art

The exercises/practice at Museums and Exhibitions are directly linked to seminars addressing/dedicated to the “European and Neo-Hellenic Art” and the “Styles of European art”. Each seminar course is being taught three hours per week for thirteen weeks and corresponds to one teaching unit.
For the acquisition of the Postgraduate Specialization Degree the student is obliged to:
• participate successfully in four (4) at least specialized postgraduate seminars. The seminars are divided in main and relative/affined. Three of the four must necessarily be selected from the main cognitive direction. After obtaining the consent of the supervisor, the students have the possibility to select one more seminar from the postgraduate seminars of the programme of Postgraduate Studies of Classical Archaeology, Modern and Contemporary History and of Philosophy. Each seminar course is being taught three hours per week for thirteen weeks and corresponds to fifteen (15) credit units (c.u.) ECTS. Each postgraduate student must accumulate sixty (60) c.u. by the successful attendance and examination of the specialized postgraduate seminars.
• write, submit and present during a seminar or colloquium a final thesis, the writing and presentation of which shall be judged as adequate by a three-member committee, in which participate the supervisor and two members appointed by the General Assembly of Special Composition provided by the law, following a suggestion by the supervisor. The elaboration and successful defending of the final thesis corresponds to sixty (60) c.u. The topic of this thesis can already be assigned after the successful completion of two seminars.

Compulsory courses offered during the academic year 2008-2009:

Winter semester of academic year 2008-2009

Course title Course type ECTS credit units Instructor
The reception of Van Gogh’s work in the 20th century. Seminar 15 Eugenios Matthiopoulos

Spring semester of academic year 2008-2009

Course title Course type ECTS credit units Instructor
Drawing versus color: theoretic debates/encounters and artistic production from 16th to 18th century. Seminar 15 Panayota Kornezou

Facilities/ Material and technical infrastructure
The research needs of postgraduate students of the Programme are met by the library of the University of Crete at Rethymno which numbers approximately 180,000 volumes and c. 1,000 Greek and foreign periodicals/journals (among which complete series of: Gazette des Beaux-Arts, Burlington Magazine, Art Bulletin, Art Index, Art History, Art Journal, Arte Veneta, Jahrbuch der kunsthistorischen Sammlungen des allerhöchsten Kaiserhauses, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Mitteilungen des kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, Répertoire d'Art et d'Archéologie, Oud Holland, Wallraf-Richartz Jahrbuch, Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, and many others) and includes important private collections acquired by purchase or donation (collection of Arvanitides, Merlier, Moatsos, Orlandos, Papakostas, de Simony, Prevelakis, etc.). Concerning the History of European Art, in particular, the situation of the library, despite its lacks, is rather good. In the recent years the library has acquired the library and archive of Giorgos Petris (by donation of his sister, Elli Simou) and has purchased the library and archive of Alexandros Xydis. Due to the long-term programming of the series of lectures and seminars new purchases are made ahead of time so as to meet the immediate needs.
In Rethymno there is also the library of the “El Greco Centre” which runs at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies. This library, still in an early stage, specializes in the Spanish art of the 16th, 17th and 18th century as well as in the Italian art of the 16th century.
Furthermore, the collection of transparencies/slides of works of European art forms part of the photo-library of the Section of Archaeology and History of Art. This collection, which is constantly being enriched, includes more than 10,000 slides, the majority of which has been purchased directly from the foreign museums (Louvre, The National Gallery – London, National Gallery of Scotland, etc.).
The Department houses a Laboratory which is at the students’ disposal. The Laboratory is equipped with an adequate number of computers and other inspectional devices necessary for the function of the P.S.P.

Laboratory Telephone number
Laboratory of History of Art 0030 28310 773740030 28310 77374

2. Ph. D. degrees
A prerequisite for the admission of a Ph.D. candidate in History of Art is to hold a Postgraduate Specialization Degree of the Departments of History and Archaeology, Philology, Philosophical and Social Sciences and of Sociology of a Greek or foreign university or of a Greek or foreign School of Fine Arts.
In certain exceptional cases candidates without a Postgraduate Specialization Degree may be admitted, if the Department’s General Assembly of Special Composition considers that the requirements of the Postgraduate Specialization Degree are met by their research and publications.
During the first semester following his/her registration the student, after obtaining the consent of at least one member of the department’s Teaching and Research Staff, may submit an application for the elaboration of a doctoral thesis in a particular topic. The General Assembly of Special Composition (G.A.S.C.) appoints the supervisor and the other two members of the consulting committee, according to the article 13, section 1b of the law 2083/1992. All three members of the committee must be researchers whose subject is related to the topic of the proposed thesis.

The responsibility for the completion of the doctoral thesis within reasonable time limits is assumed by the postgraduate student in collaboration with the supervising instructor (or the supervising researcher), as designated by the relevant orders. The aforementioned three-member consulting committee attends the progress of the thesis.

The elaboration of a doctoral thesis lasts three years. An extension of this deadline is allowed only by decision of the Department’s G.A.S.C., after a proposition made by the supervisor.

When the completion of the doctoral thesis approaches, the Department’s G.A.S.C. appoints, according to the article 13, section 1z of the law 2083/1992, an examination committee by completing the three-member consulting committee.

The doctoral thesis is defended (orally) by the postgraduate student during an open meeting of the Department’s General Assembly of Special Composition. The consent of at least five members of the examination committee is required for its approval, after which the postgraduate student may be awarded the degree of Doctor of the Department of History and Archaeology, according to the article 13, section 1z of the law 2083/1992.