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The unbelievable thing about art is that it has been around since the beginning of time. You can find art in the paintings of cavemen on stone walls. You can find art in the early architecture of the Mayan cities. You can even find art in the way a website is constructed and made aesthetically appealing. Art history was formed as a way to for professors to teach and students to learn about how to evaluate and interpret works of art based on individual perspective. Although the history of art is based in fact the curriculum has sometimes been criticized due to the subjectivity of the topic matter. The one thing that is not subjective however is the importance of art in every facet of life and how much of a factor it plays on how we view things. Art history in the western world has been broken down into periods that include Medieval, The Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Modern and Contemporary. These periods of art are then critiqued based on context, visual form and social significance. In our directory on art history we will help you understand the importance of art history as well as gather knowledge on each time period. We will also offer links to great works of art so that you can use your newfound knowledge of the history of art to make your own subjective comments and criticisms.
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