Art History


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AP Art History

High School | Online class

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...

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Art 1010

College | Online class

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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Art history

7th - College | Online class

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...

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Art history basics

7th - College | Online class

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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Art in 19th century Europe

College | Online class

Art in 19th century Europe
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Introduction—Becoming Modern
Romanticism
Early photography
Victorian art and architecture

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Art of Africa

High School - College | Online class

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...

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Art of Mexico in the 19th century

9th - College | Online class

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

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Art of Oceania

College | Online class

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...

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Art of Southeast Asia

4th - College | Online class

Discover the extraordinary art and architecture of this vast region which includes palaces, temples and mosques inspired by the Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic religions.

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Art of the Americas to World War I

College | Online class

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

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Art of the ancient Mediterranean

7th - College | Online class

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

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Art of the Islamic world

7th - College | Online class

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...

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Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical art in Europe

College | Online class

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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British Colonies to the Early Republic

9th - College | Online class

All content in “British Colonies to the Early Republic”

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Byzantine (late Roman Empire)

7th - College | Online class

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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Early Europe and Colonial Americas: 200-1750 C.E.

High School - College | Online class

Medieval artistic traditions include late antique, early Christian, Byzantine, Islamic, migratory, Carolingian*, Romanesque, and Gothic, named for their principal culture, religion, government,...

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Expressionism to Pop Art

Pre-K - College | Online class

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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Greek art

High School - College | Online class

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...

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History of Graphic Design

7th - College | Online class

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...

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Indigenous Americas

College | Online class

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...

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

High School - College | Online class

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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Late Gothic art in Italy

College | Online class

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...

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Medieval period

High School - College | Online class

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.

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Native American art after 1600

7th - College | Online class

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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Neolithic art

College | Online class

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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Paleolithic art

College | Online class

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

College | Online class

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...

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Study of Art & History - 180 Day Picture Study Journal Includes 90 Notable Paintings Dated 1700-1930

3rd - High School | Book

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,...

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The Pacific

7th - College | Online class

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...

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The Virtual Window: From Alberti to Microsoft

College | Book

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 —...

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