What is an Art Historian?


Art Historian Job Description

Art historians are responsible for evaluating, restoring and preserving historical artifacts and works of art. Art galleries, museums, historical societies and non-profit organizations may employ them. The work of art historians is mainly focused on archaeological finds, historical documents, as well as fine and decorative arts.



Typical Job Duties

• Document, evaluate, manage and preserve fine art, sculptures, artifacts and archaeological specimens

• Use specialized equipment such as radiographic imaging equipment

• Use specialized processes, such as carbon dating and chemical testing

• Develop treatment plans to restore artifacts and reduce environmental deterioration

• Plan and conduct research in area of specialty

• May author papers for publication



Scholarships for Becoming an Art Historian

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as an Art Historian. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our All Scholarships by Major page.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!


Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for getting into this line of work. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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