Art history

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We understand the history of humanity through art. From prehistoric depictions of bison to contemporary abstraction, artists have addressed their time and place in history and expressed universal truths for tens of thousands of years.

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Art of the Americas to World War I


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North America before European colonization South America before European colonization Spanish colonies in the Americas Native American art after 1600 British Colonies to the Early Republic Art of...

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The Pacific


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The arts of the Pacific vary by virtue of ecological situations, social structure, and impact of external influences, such as commerce, colonialism, and missionary activity. Created in a variety of...

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Art history basics


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New to art? This is a good place to start. Art gives us access to the way people at different moments in history have understood the world. Jump in and explore!

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Introduction to cultures and religions for the study of AP Art History


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Explore Hinduism through clips of significant sites in South Asia and interviews with members of the Bay Area South Asian community. Learn more about Hinduism on t…

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South, East, and Southeast Asia: 300 B.C.E. - 1980 C.E.


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Beliefs made visible: Buddhist art in South Asia Explore Buddhism through clips of significant sites in South Asia and interviews with members of the Bay Area South Asian community. Learn more...

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Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical art in Europe


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Get a head start on the historical developments that shape Baroque art in the Catholic Italy, Spain, Flanders, France and in the Protestant north.

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Greek art


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Rio 2016, London 2012, Beijing 2008, Olympia 776 B.C.E. find out how the ancient pan-Hellenic games inspired our modern Olympiad. Then learn to identify the classical orders and you will never look...

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Expressionism to Pop Art


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Expressionism to Pop Art Explore Table of contents Topics A beginner’s guide to 20th century art Early abstraction: Fauvism, Expressionism, and Cubism World War I, Futurism and Dada Art between the...

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Art 1010


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Art 1010 is a short series of fun (and funny) animations created for the Utah System of Higher Education that introduce the history of Western art.

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A beginner's guide to Asian art and culture


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Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest religions. It has complex roots, and involves a vast array of practices and a host of deities. Its plethora of forms and beliefs reflects the tremendous...

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Late Gothic art in Italy


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Italian art from the late 13th and 14th centuries was once known as primitive because it was seen largely as a transition from Medieval abstraction to the naturalism of the Renaissance (with a dose...

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African art, an introduction


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Find here a brief introduction to the peoples and cultures of Africa.

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Art of the ancient Mediterranean


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Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Persians – no wonder we need an introduction!

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Indigenous Americas


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Art of the Indigenous Americas is among the world’s oldest artistic traditions. While its roots lie in northern Asia, it developed independently between c. 10,000 B.C.E. and 1492 C.E., which marked...

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Neolithic art


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The Neolithic Revolution was the most important development in human history. The way we live today—settled in cities, protected by laws, eating food from farms—dates from approximately 10,000...

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Art of Mexico in the 19th century


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The landscapes of José María Velasco and the first art school in the Americas, the Real Academia de San Carlos

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Native American art after 1600


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Native societies across North American developed diverse material cultures that reflect the character of their regions and respond to the universal issues of human and spiritual existence.

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Byzantine (late Roman Empire)


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Constantinople (now Istanbul) was the capital of the late Roman empire, but its ethereal mosaics, ivories, and metalwork often depart from classical naturalism.

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Art of the Islamic world


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Early Period (c. 640-900 C.E.) From the rightfully guided caliphs who succeeded Muhammad, through the Umayyads’ Dome of the Rock and Great Mosque of Damascus, to the decline of Abbasids rule.

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Paleolithic art


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Humans make art. We do this for many reasons and with whatever technologies are available to us. But can we really know what such ancient images originally meant?


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