Art is never made in a vacuum.
Art history seeks to understand the nature of art, especially as a personal, institutional, or cultural reflection. Studying art history develops visual acuity, critical thinking, and verbal and writing skills that are useful in and outside of the classroom.
Art history asks a lot of questions. What is art? How is it made? Why is it made? What affects its development? As a field of study, art history is interdisciplinary and it uses a variety of methods to find answers to its questions. In this respect it draws upon other fields of inquiry such as history, philosophy, literature, anthropology, archaeology, ethnic studies, and gender studies.