Art History Chapters

  1. Introduction to Western Art History
  2. Art in the Ancient Middle East to 400 B.C.
  3. Art of the Hebrews and Jews, 2000 B.C. to A.D. 135
  4. Art of the Ancient Greeks, 1200 B.C. to A.D. 146
  5. Art of the Romans, 753 B.C. to A.D. 300
  6. Christian Art in the Roman Empire, 4 B.C. to A.D. 1453
  7. Art in the Early Middle Ages, A.D. 500 to 1000
  8. Art in the High and Later Middle Ages, 1000 to 1500
  9. Art of the Renaissance, 1400 to 1648
  10. Art in Early Modern Europe, 1543 to 1815
  11. Art during the Industrial Revolution, 1764 to 1914
  12. Art in the Age of Imperialism and Nationalism, 1810 to 1918
  13. Art during the InterWar Years and World War II, 1917 to 1945
  14. Art during the Early Cold War, 1945 to 1980
  15. Art during the Contemporary Era, 1980 to the Present
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Art History for Chapter 3:

The Chosen People: Hebrews and Jews, from 2000 B.C. to A.D. 135

The Hebrews, another of the founding people’s of Western Civilization, did not develop much of an artistic culture. The sacred prohibition against graven images in the 10 Commandments is largely to blame. Their lack of much original painting, sculpture, and architecture therefore meant that they had little influence on other cultures.

Their sacred scriptures, however, which became the Old Testament of the Bible for the Christians, would later provide an incredibly rich fountain of artistic subjects for Western Art.


Last Updated: 17 January 2017