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European Art history - a good summary, including the Renaissance, Neoclassicm, Romanticism and much more!

To understand Art history, you need to first know what "Art" means. Begin here for some useful pointers.

Has the term "Modern Art" ever baffled you? Perhaps it's time to finally demystify its meaning!

Understanding Abstract - when did it all begin?

Did you know that this prolific painter was also a proficient engraver?

Art History usually refers to the history of the visual arts. Although ideas about this definition have changed over the years, this field of study attempts to categorize changes in art throughout time and better understand how it shapes and is shaped by the outlooks and creative impulses of its practitioners. Although many think of it as purely being the study of European paintings, the subject encompasses all forms, from the megaliths of Western Europe to the paintings of the Tang dynasty in China. Its scope is actually very broad and essentially, it may take the form of anything that you can see, excluding performance. Such forms fall into other categories such as theater, music, or opera, although there is really no clear boundary.

Visual Arts - here's a list of various related subjects, to give you an idea.

Traditional subjects

  • Batik
  • Design
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Film

Various crafts

  • Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Destination/Coastal Architects
  • Cabinet making
  • Commercial (Visual Communication)
  • Fashion design
  • Graphic design
  • Heraldry
  • Illustration
  • Industrial design


  • Cinema
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Design
  • Fashion
  • Cultural movement
  • Renaissance Classicism
  • Neoclassicism
  • Romanticism


  • Avant garde
  • Comic books and strips
  • Computer-generated / Digital / Electronic
  • Conceptual
  • Depliage
  • Fluxus
  • Graffiti
  • Street
  • Tagging
  • Happening
  • Installation
  • Interactive


  • Tattoo
  • Body modification
  • Body piercing
  • Scarification

Exactly What Will You Find on this website?

Well, we literally have tens of thousands of webpages with pictures and illustrations to help begin your research on this intriguing and exciting subject. To give you an idea of the breadth and depth of our site, here are short excerpts from certain pages on our site.

Modern Art

This is generally term, used for most of the production from the late 19th century until approximately the 1970s. (It refers to a new approach where it was no longer important to literally represent a subject...

Ancient Mesopotamia

Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq), is often considered the "cradle of civilization." Within its boundaries, the most ancient civilizations known to man first developed writing and agriculture. Many civilizations flourished there, leaving behind a rich legacy of ancient craft...


Sumeria is considered by many to be the first civilization - archaeological evidence attests to their existence during the 5th millennium BC. The Sumerians were the first to develop pottery. They decorated their works with cedar oil paints...


The conquest of Sumeria and Akkad by Babylon marks a turning point in the cultural as well as the political past of the region. The Babylonians took advantage of the abundance of clay in Mesopotamia to create bricks... The walls were brilliantly coloured, and sometimes plated with bronze or gold as well as with tiles...

Ancient Egypt

Because of the highly religious nature of Ancient Egyptian civilization, many of the great works of Ancient Egypt depict gods, goddesses, and Pharaohs, who were also considered divine. Ancient Egyptian art is characterized by the idea of order... Clear and simple lines combined with simple shapes and flat areas of color ...


Renaissance is a French word coined by French historian Jules Michelet ...that literally means rebirth. Since the term was first created in the 19th century, historians have various interpretations on the Renaissance. The predominant view is that the Renaissance of the 15th Century in Italy... represented a reconnection of the west with classical antiquity......, 2005
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