Art Through Time
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Artists from ancient Greece and Rome were interested in depicting people naturalistically with serious expressions.
As Buddhism spread from India to China, the style of Buddhas shifted from Greek-inspired to a more symmetrical depiction.
Art thrived during China’s Tang Dynasty where ceramic artisans refined various glazes, partially influenced by other cultures along the silk road.
The Medieval period saw a lot of Christian art in Europe. Rich materials like gold reflected the importance of holy figures.
The Renaissance saw interest move beyond the religious to include science and the achievements of humans.
Art from the Baroque period often included dramatic scenes that featured dark shadows and, at times, violent subjects.
Objects and art in the Rococo style emphasized romance, whether with lighthearted subjects or frilly decorations.
The Neoclassical era saw a revival of the classical world in art, literature, theater, music, and architecture.
In America, Hudson River School artists were painting grand scenes of the American countryside.
During the Chinese Qing Dynasty, many artists were referencing the earlier Ming Dynasty, creating so-called blue-green style paintings.
Some artists began to reject factory production in favor of handmade Arts and Crafts objects.
Japanese enameled objects were very popular in the Meiji period, particularly in the West.
Impressionist artists were interested in capturing the feeling of light and movement in a scene.
Cubism was a movement that was all about bringing together different views in one image.
Surrealist artists employed the element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur.
Color Field painters experimented with color and paint itself, often staining canvases and pouring paint.
Pop Art artists took pop culture and consumerism as their inspiration, whether in the form of celebrities, soup cans, or comics.