History of Art

Studying History of Art will take you on an exciting journey of time travel from the Greeks to the Modernists, stopping off in certain centuries and periods to understand how art and architecture reflected the social, political and economic environment of its time.

Cultural signposts in art history are created by famous artists and architects and these individual works are studied in detail with scope for the student to select their own personal favourites.

Ultimately, it is a captivating study of diverse styles that maintains a balance of research between the classical and modern world and each student will learn how to 'read' and interpret art and architecture.

Head of Department

Steve Mansfield

Steve MansfieldSteve joined Benenden in 1996 and has been a Housemaster of Norris. His specialism is in Renaissance and nineteenth century art and architecture.