Why art history matters

When we tell people we love art history, the question 'why' hangs in the air. Like many academic disciplines, history and the humanities have been relegated to text books, distant museums and lists of names and dates. But the history of art is the history of human ambition. The wild and bloody stories of the world’s most transgressive people. Want to smooth-talk your way into wealth and power, redefine gender norms, or get away with murder? Art history is a guidebook for radical change, and we're bringing it online.

We believe there are three steps to make art history interesting again: it needs to be diverse, discoverable, and it can't be boring. Here’s how Trivium is turning things around:


The world of art is as diverse as humanity itself, but for centuries its household names have been successful white men. And that’s a problem. How can we relate to a canon that doesn’t mirror our world? Trivium digs deep, scouring history to find under-represented artists of all genders, cultures, sexual orientations, and abilities.


Trivium is build from the ground up to encourage exploration. Even many excellent online resources simply aggregate popular artists or bury interesting content in databases that must be searched with precise jargon. Trivium uses careful curation, bold visuals, and snappy headlines to keep readers curious and reward investigation.


This should go without saying, but it takes work to keep history both academically rigorous and fun to read. Trivium works with writers, researchers, artists and editors to create break down the people and cultures of history in accessible, conversational language. We're aiming for Jerry Saltz rather than Buzzfeed, but you'll keep us honest.

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