Since its origin in the nineteenth century, the borders of the discipline of art history have been fluid. Art history has absorbed theories and methods from other disciplines such as history, philosophy, anthropology, and, more recently, film and gender studies; conversely, it has had an impact on these and other disciplines, its relevance confirmed by the visual turn newly evident throughout the humanities. The history of art history itself reflects trends in intellectual history, and the art historian's intellectual and cultural formation determines what counts as an art historical object, and how such objects are theorized and interpreted. The interpretation of a work of art must therefore activate the self-reflexive capacity of art historical inquiry.
Brill’s Studies on Art, Art History, and Intellectual History is dedicated to the study of historical and contemporary works of art, in ways that reflect on the history of art, its theories and methods, and its relation to the cultural milieux in which art historians operate.