Created in the 1950s, the Institute of Art History brought together the research and teaching of Art History at the School of Arts and Humanities. Training in this field evolved gradually from two optional courses (General History of Art and History of Portuguese and Overseas Art) to a pre-specialization in Art History, followed by the creation of an Art History branch within the History Degree, and more recently by a License Degree in Art History (1st study cycle). 
The continuity is guaranteed by a 2nd study cycle leading to a Master’s Degree in Art, Heritage and Restoration Theory, followed by a PhD with two specialized branches, namely Art History and Heritage Sciences and Restoration Theory. 
A solid training in this field is ensured by a specialized teaching staff committed to research and development (R&D) activities, aiming to respond to contemporary societal challenges. 


To offer modern training in Art History, from a globalizing and integrated perspective, stimulated by a solid R&D basis focused on the conception, production, enjoyment and preservation of works of art.


In a global society, Art History should play a fundamental role in the comprehension of the historical and artistic values of each community, emphasizing the particularity and diversity that make up humanity’s cultural wealth. To neglect this wealth would entail an individual and collective loss of identity. 


 Offering scientific training in Art History, throughout three study cycles (License Degree, Master’s Degree and PhD)

 Imparting basic knowledge of Art History through a lifelong learning programme consisting of a variety of free short courses.


 Promoting R&D activities in the field of Art History and responding to societal challenges concerning the integrated management of artistic heritage, art markets, conservation and restoration, antiquarianism, museology and cultural tourism.