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Smarthistory is working to include each of the 250 required works of art. The new test will assess a student’s understanding of the methods used by art historians and familiarity with the...
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.
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...
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!
Art in 19th century Europe
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Victorian art and architecture
African art, an introduction
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Find here a brief introduction to the peoples and cultures of Africa.
Peoples and cultures
Historical overview: to the...
The landscapes of José María Velasco and the first art school in the Americas, the Real Academia de San Carlos
The islands of the eastern Pacific are known as Polynesia, from the Greek for “many islands.” Set within a triangle formed by Aotearoa (New Zealand) in the south, Hawaii to the north and Rapa...
Discover the extraordinary art and architecture of this vast region which includes palaces, temples and mosques inspired by the Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic religions.
North America before European colonization
South America before European colonization
Spanish colonies in the Americas
Native American art after 1600
British Colonies to the...
Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Persians – no wonder we need an introduction!
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.
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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Constantinople (now Istanbul) was the capital of the late Roman empire, but its ethereal mosaics, ivories, and metalwork often depart from classical naturalism.
Medieval artistic traditions include late antique, early Christian, Byzantine, Islamic, migratory, Carolingian*, Romanesque, and Gothic, named for their principal culture, religion, government,...
Expressionism to Pop Art
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A beginner’s guide to 20th century art
Early abstraction: Fauvism, Expressionism, and Cubism
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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...
This condensed survey course focuses on four major areas of design and their history: Typography, Image-Making, Interactive Media, and Branding. In each class, we’ll start by observing the...
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...
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…
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...
Medieval Period (c. 900-1517 C.E.) The Fatimids (909-1171) ruled north Africa, and parts of Syria and the Seljuqs contolled eastern Islamic lands and eventually Iran, Iraq and much of Anatolia.
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.
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...
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?
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...
Study of Art & History - 180 Day Picture Study Journal Includes 90 Notable Paintings Dated 1700-1930
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This colorful workbook is excellent for a wide variety of ages, and not only introduces the student to some amazing works of art, but also helps the child discover the meaning, importance,...
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...
As we spend more and more of our time staring at the screens of movies, televisions, computers, and handheld devices — “windows” full of moving images, texts, and icons — how the world is framed...
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