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History of Art

History of Art at Cambridge spans a really broad spectrum, leaving you lots of freedom to research and write about topics you are passionate about. The first year of the course gave me an excellent grounding from classical to modern art and architecture. My first year short dissertation focused on Dutch paintings in the Fitzwilliam Museum and I've since been able to study medieval aesthetics and the work of Albrecht Durer in my second year special subjects.

Cambridge has given me time to study what I'm interested in, whilst also providing a clear overview of the subject. Jesus College is filled with art and sculpture, with works by an array of modern sculptors from Antony Gormley to Richard Long, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi to Evelyn Herring. Barry Flanagan's bronze horse in First Court has become an iconic emblem of the college. Walking around Jesus is an invaluable experience for anyone interested in the display of modern art, encouraging us to reflect on how sculpture is integrated with its surroundings, how we interact with it.

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