The Festival de l’histoire de l’art is a three-day international event that provides a crossroads for the world of professional art history and the public. It is organized in collaboration with the ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, the Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA), and the Château de Fontainebleau, with the support of the ministère de l’Éducation nationale, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche. The Festival addresses a wide array of visual arts: from ancient to contemporary, painting to photography, and performance to decorative arts; it also considers architecture and the digital arts, as well as the discipline of art history itself via the lenses of current research, publications, important art collections, and institutions. During the three days of the Festival, more than 350 lectures, panels, tours, concerts, exhibitions, films, lectures, and workshops are offered to the public—free of charge and without reservation.
Every year, the Festival focuses on two main topics (a theme and a guest country). This year, the theme selected is Nature, and the guest country is the United States of America.