Welcome to Art History for the People (AHP for short)! I am your resident art historian. I am currently in the midst of my fourth year as a Ph.D. student and, as might be expected, I love all things art and history. I myself study the religious and courtly arts and spaces of Baroque and Rococo Spain and Italy, as well as that of the various viceroyalties and dominions of the Habsburg Empire across the world from ca. 1558-1807. I also have a keen interest in early medieval art and architecture; arts and sacred spaces of the Islamic world; the arts and spaces of the Pre-Columbian Americas; Manet, Morisot, and Degas; the Symbolists; the relationship between politics, beauty and aesthetics; and the consumption of art in our own time.

This blog will be a combination of all of the above and more – in fact, I am very much hoping for it be far more. My goal is to be true to my blog’s title and bring the history of art and architecture, in all of its historical complexity and often less-than-disinterested beauty, to you, my dear readers. I want to reveal the secrets and intrigues, the rich stories and high-pitched dramas that lay behind, well, art and the people who commissioned, made, and subsequently received that art. Art history is so much more than a quick stop-off along the general education ride – it can make you weep for its emotional intensity, it can make you laugh at, or with, it in its crude or sarcastic humor, and it can make you change your mind about something – be it religion, politics, or really anything else – you thought you knew.

In any case, let’s get this crazy ride called art history moving.