How do you look at Art? Ever heard the term "unpacking an artwork"... No, it does not mean taking it out of its crate.
If you're standing in front of a canvas in a gallery with your hand casually on your chin looking thoughtful while confusion pumps through your veins, here's some help.
We've all been there! You'll probably still find yourself confused often enough after this but here are the ropes anyway, go out there and explore!
What is Art? Are cave paintings works of Art? Perhaps Art is essentially the act of mark making.
Explore our evolution from the caves of Lascaux, France to the Stonehenge.
Travel through time with Sumerian to Persian art. The birth of the signature in the form of cylinder seals to the stories of Gilgamesh to there Persian Empire, this period is often referred to as the birth of civilisation.
What do you think?
Greek gods and goddesses, gladiators and the colosseum..
Explore Ancient Greek & Roman Art, culture and architecture.
Aegean art refers to art that was created in the Grecian lands surrounding, and the islands within, the Aegean Sea before the start of Ancient Greek art, which is normally dated around the 11th century BC.
The arts of South Asia and the Himalayas are closely intertwined with the subcontinent's many religious traditions. This region, which includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet, is the birthplace of three major religions: Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism.
The cultures of China, Korea and Japan developed strong associations and affinities with each other. Cultural exchanges were initially facilitated by bridges connecting Japan with the continent of Asia, after which Korea became the main conduit of Asian culture to Japan, in many fields of visual expression, notably metalwork, painting, and ceramics.
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How to look at a painting
Paleolithic to Neolithic Art
Sumerian to Persian Art
Ancient Egypt Summary
Ancient Greek & Roman Art
South Asian Art
Chinese, Japanese & Korean Art
Medieval to Gothic Art
Early Indian, Indonesian & Islamic Art
The Byzantine Empire near its peak under the Emperor Justinian, c. 550 C.E. To speak of “Byzantine Art” is a bit problematic, since the Byzantine empire and its art spanned more than a millennium and penetrated geographic regions far from its capital in Constantinople.
The medieval art of the Western world covers a vast scope of time and place, over 1000 years of art in Europe, and at times the Middle East and North Africa. It includes major art movements and periods, national and regional art, genres, revivals, the artists crafts, and the artists themselves.
The term Gothic was coined by classicizing Italian writers of the Renaissance, who attributed the invention (and what to them was the nonclassical ugliness) of medieval architecture to the barbarian Gothic tribes that had destroyed the Roman Empire and its classical culture in the 5th century ce. Although modern scholars have long realized that Gothic art has nothing in truth to do with the Goths...
The Renaissance was a period of great creative and intellectual activity, during which artists broke away from the restrictions of Byzantine Art. The Renaissance began when Italian scholars, scientists and artists created a cultural movement based on a return to classical sources for learning. While it is difficult to pin down a date or place where it began, most scholars place its origin in Florence in the early 14th century.
The artists of the High Renaissance, which is loosely defined as the period from 1450 to 1550, built upon the foundation laid by their predecessors. The best- known artists of the Italian Renaissance grew famous during the High Renaissance. Wealthy patrons continued to enthusiastically support theses artists as they traveled around Italy in search of commissions to create their masterpieces.
Explore the wonders and beauty of Early art and architecture of Asia.