PREHISTORY - For a chronological list of important dates concerning prehistoric art and culture, from the Lower Paleolithic era of the Pliocene Epoch, plus the Middle and Upper Paleolithic of the Pleistocene Epoch, and the Mesolithic and Neolithic...
Ancient art refers to the many types of art produced by the advanced cultures of ancient societies with some form of writing, such as those of ancient China, India, Mesopotamia, Persia, Israel, Egypt, Greece and Rome.
Era of Greek art. (Fresco murals, ancient pottery, encaustic paintings, sculpture, flourish). Era of Roman art. Heavily influenced by Hellenistic (Greek) painting & sculpture.
From the Caves to Romanticism, take a journey through centuries of art and learn about the role of art in culture and the place of the artist in society.
Beginning of Medieval art (c.450-1450). Also the start of Byzantine art. Panel painting, Orthodox icon painting and mosaic art flourish. See the Ravenna mosaics.
Hagia Sophia built in Constantinople. See Byzantine Architecture.
Review of Keys Works of Early Byzantine Art Overview of Early Byzantine Period: 0:01-0:34 Overview of Byzantine Empire and Constantinople: 0:35-3:14 Overview.
Italian Early Renaissance (1400-90);
The three main centres of the Italian Renaissance, were Florence, Rome and Venice.
Famous painting: The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise by Masaccio.
Italian High Renaissance (1490-1530)
First masterpiece of High Renaissance painting: The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Highpoint of Italian Renaissance sculpture: Michelangelo creates David in Florence.
Era of Baroque Art and Baroque Architecture, noted for its grandeur. Its bold dramatic and often colourful Baroque Painting (by Caravaggio, Rubens, Velazquez) and portraits (by Van Dyck), as well as sculpture by Bernini, are used by secular rulers...
Lesser known modern art movements of the mid-late 19th century included: Macchiaioli a Florentine style of anti-academy Impressionism (1860-90); Japonism, popular in UK and France (1875-1900); French Naturalism (Bande Noire, Brittany) inspired by ...
From roughly this point onwards, Modern Art (c.1860-1970) or 'Modernism' becomes superceded by what art-historians like to call 'Post-Modernism'. In a nutshell, Modernism (ie. the main movements which emerged during the period 1860-mid 1960s) asse...
Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings. The aim was to "resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality".
Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the mid-1950s in Britain and the late 1950s in the United States. Among the early artists that shaped the pop art movement were Eduardo Paolozzi and Richard Hamilton in Britain, and Robert Rauschenberg an...
Op art, also known as optical art, is a style of visual art that uses optical illusions. Op art works are abstract, with many better known pieces created in black and white. Typically, they give the viewer the impression of movement, hidden images...
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Postmodern art is a body of art movements that sought to contradict some aspects of modernism or some aspects that emerged or developed in its aftermath. In general, movements such as intermedia, installation ar...
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