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Art history

Part of the Art history series.
Pre-historic art
Arts of the ancient world
European art history
Islamic art
Arts of the Far East
Contemporary art

Art history usually refers to the history of the visual arts. Although ideas about the definition of art have changed over the years, the field of art history attempts to categorize changes in art throughout time and better understand how art shapes and is shaped by the outlooks and creative impulses of its practitioners. Although many think of Art history as purely the study of European art history, the subject encompasses all art, from the megaliths of Western Europe to the paintings of the Tang dynasty in China.

Subdivisions in the art history section include:

See also

External link

  • NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art Timeline of Art History

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Last updated: 04-25-2005 03:06:01