What came first? Move through time and space and explore how art developed over the centuries.
This self-guided tour will lead you through the second floor collection galleries. The gallery numbers can be located on the floor in the doorways.

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2nd Century

Artists from ancient Greece and Rome were interested in depicting people naturalistically with serious expressions.


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6th Century

As Buddhism spread from India to China, the style of Buddhas shifted from Greek-inspired to a more symmetrical depiction.


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8th Century

Art thrived during China’s Tang Dynasty where ceramic artisans refined various glazes, partially influenced by other cultures along the silk road.


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15th Century

The Medieval period saw a lot of Christian art in Europe. Rich materials like gold reflected the importance of holy figures. 


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Late 15th Century

The Renaissance saw interest move beyond the religious to include science and the achievements of humans. 


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17th Century

Art from the Baroque period often included dramatic scenes that featured dark shadows and, at times, violent subjects.


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18th Century

Objects and art in the Rococo style emphasized romance, whether with lighthearted subjects or frilly decorations.


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18th Century

The Neoclassical era saw a revival of the classical world in art, literature, theater, music, and architecture.


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Early 19th Century

In America, Hudson River School artists were painting grand scenes of the American countryside.


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Early 19th Century

During the Chinese Qing Dynasty, many artists were referencing the earlier Ming Dynasty, creating so-called blue-green style paintings.


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Circa 1900

Some artists began to reject factory production in favor of handmade Arts and Crafts objects.


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1868 - 1912

Japanese enameled objects were very popular in the Meiji period, particularly in the West.


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Late 19th Century

Impressionist artists were interested in capturing the feeling of light and movement in a scene.


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20th Century

Cubism was a movement that was all about bringing together different views in one image.


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20th Century

Surrealist artists employed  the element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur.


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20th Century

Color Field painters experimented with color and paint itself, often staining canvases and pouring paint.


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20th Century

Pop Art artists took pop culture and consumerism as their inspiration, whether in the form of celebrities, soup cans, or comics.