History of art
Art history is a very extensive topic because expressing oneself through art has been a practice for as long as we know. Cave drawings have been found dating back to 30,000 BC!
Between 10,000 and-8,000 BC, rocks became the new art palette, and paintings became more abstract and symbolic. Part of art history that is very well known is the time period from 3200-1340 BC, when the Ancient Egyptians were building tombs, pyramids, and other structures. They also decorated these tombs with paintings of the gods of the afterlife.
There is much more to be said of art history for the period before the beginning of what is known as AD. The Aegean time period, 3000-1100 BC, brought us open architecture and marble idols, and the Greeks of 800-323 BC glorified the human form.
From the beginning of the first century AD to the year 1600, art can be organized into many time periods. At the start, early Christian art emerged, and the Byzantine style diverged from it between 526 and 1390 BC. From 622 to 1492 AD, Islamic art was emerging, along with Migration art, which was usually small and easy to carry, Romanesque art, characterized by cathedrals and architectural sculptures, and more. The art of the Middle Ages closed with the Gothic art period from 1140 to 1600 AD.
When many people think of art history, they are thinking of time period after fifteenth-century Italian art, known as the High Renaissance, from 1495 to 1527. This time was dominated by artists such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael, and, thanks to their masterpieces, being an artist became acceptable.
Many art forms exist between the High Renaissance and the start of art's Modern Era, such as Mannerism, Neo-classicism vs. Romanticism, Impressionism, and others. Impressionism made experimenting in art acceptable, and brought in the Modern Era of art. To this day, art continues to thrive and evolve.
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