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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A Concise Survey of the Art of Western Civilization

The arts of painting, sculpture, and architecture offer another way to understand and appreciate the history of Western Civilization. What follows is a concise survey of trends in the visual and constructive arts and how the help explain the various periods of history.

See also, websites with large collections of art in general, websites of museums,
and materials for studying classic themes in the history of Western art.

1. Introduction to Western Art History

2. Wanderers and Settlers: The Ancient Middle East to 400 B.C.
A. PRE-CIVILIZED ART, Painting/Graphic Arts | Sculpture | Architecture
B. POST-AGRICULTURAL ART, Architecture
C. MESOPOTAMIAN ART, Painting/Graphic Arts | Sculpture | Architecture
D. EGYPTIAN ART, Painting/Graphic Arts | Sculpture | Architecture

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

4. Trial of the Hellenes: The Ancient Greeks, 1200 B.C. to A.D. 146
A. ARCHAIC GREEK ART (800-500 B.C.,) Painting/Graphic Arts | Sculpture
B. CLASSICAL GREEK ART (ART of CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY, part I) (500-338 B.C.) Painting/Graphic Arts | Sculpture | Architecture
C. HELLENISTIC ART (338-146 B.C.), Painting/Graphic Arts | Sculpture | Architecture

5. Imperium Romanum: The Romans, 753 B.C. to A.D. 300
ROMAN ART (ART of CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY, part II,) Painting/Graphic Arts | Sculpture | Architecture

6. The Revolutionary Rabbi: Christianity, the Roman Empire, and Islam, 4 B.C. to A.D. 1453
EARLY CHRISTIAN ART, Painting/Graphic Arts | Sculpture | Architecture

7. From Old Rome to the New West: The Early Middle Ages, A.D. 500 to 1000
EARLY MEDIEVAL ART, Painting/Graphic Arts | Sculpture | Architecture

8. The Medieval Mêlée: The High and Later Middle Ages, 1000 to 1500
A. ROMANESQUE ART (1000-1200), Painting/Graphic Arts | Sculpture | Architecture
B. GOTHIC ART (1150-1500), Painting/Graphic Arts | Sculpture | Architecture

9. Making the Modern World: The Renaissance and Reformation, 1400 to 1648
A. RENAISSANCE ART (1400-1600), Painting/Graphic Arts | Sculpture | Architecture
B. MANNERISM (1500-1600)

10. Liberation of Mind and Body: Early Modern Europe, 1543 to 1815
A. FLEMISH BAROQUE, Painting/Graphic Arts | Sculpture | Architecture
B. DUTCH BAROQUE, Painting/Graphic Arts | Architecture
C. NEO-CLASSICISM (1750-1850), Painting/Graphic Arts | Sculpture | Architecture

11. Mastery of the Machine: The Industrial Revolution, 1764 to 1914
A. ROMANTICISM (1770-1871), Painting/Graphic Arts | Architecture
B. ART NOUVEAU (1890-1914)
C. REALISM (1850-1900), Painting/Graphic Arts
D. PHOTOGRAPHY
E. IMPRESSIONISM (1874-1920), Painting/Graphic Arts | Sculpture
F. The POST-IMPRESSIONISTS, Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh

12. The Westerner’s Burden: Imperialism and Nationalism, 1810 to 1918
A. EXPRESSIONISM (1900-1930)
B. CUBISM (1907-1940)
C. ABSTRACT ART (1909-)

13. Rejections of Democracy: The InterWar Years and World War II, 1917 to 1945
A. SURREALISM (1924-1975)
B. PICASSO
C. SOCIALIST REALISM (1920-)

14. A World Divided: The Early Cold War, 1945 to 1980
A. Painting/Graphic Arts: ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM (1945-)
B. POP ART (1960s-); Photo-Realism | Minimalism | Conceptual Art
C. Architecture: INTERNATIONAL STYLE (1920s-)

15. Into the Future: The Contemporary Era, 1980 to the Present
Painting/Graphic Arts | Sculpture | Architecture

 

Last Updated: 17 January 2017