Portraiture: Beyond Resemblance is a research and pedagogical collaboration between professors of art history and their students in the Department of Fine Arts and Art History at the American University of Beirut (AUB). The project draws from the diverse art historical knowledge and research that this department’s professors and students engage with at AUB, specifically in the fields of Islamic art, Renaissance art, Medieval art, and Byzantine art. Through co-taught course lectures, student assignments, guest visits, gallery/museum visits, and public lectures and events, including exhibitions, this project will explore different aspects of portraiture, in its various forms, beyond the questions of resemblance and likeness in order to consider the socio-political implications of this art form across temporal and spatial boundaries, with a particular emphasis on interactions between European and Islamic societies.

This website serves as the main platform through which the varied components of this project will be documented, shared, and discussed.

The project is made possible with the generous support of the Center for Arts and Humanities, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Fine Arts and Art History at AUB.


The Art History program at AUB’s Department of Fine Arts and Art History offers a BA in Art History and a newly-launched MA in Art History and Curating. You can learn more by visiting our department homepage. Follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our blog for the latest about our events.


For more information, contact: Hala Auji (ha156@aub.edu.lb), Joseph Hammond (jh63@aub.edu.lb), and Rico Franses (hf17@aub.edu.lb)


This blog and project is for educational purposes only. All images on display have been duly credited and/or are in the public domain.