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Art history

Art history is the study of objects of art in their historical development and stylistic contexts, i.e. genre, design, format, and style. This includes the "major" arts of painting, sculpture, and architecture as well as the "minor" arts of ceramics, furniture, and other decorative objects.

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Degas Sculptures

Chicago Institute of Art

Contributed by Emma Brittain

only know a little bit about art history but I would like to say a little something on the Italian Renaissance. In Italy after the Black Death art has been the most desired amongst the people. At first the art work started off religious but it grew more secular after sometime which was quite tricky at the time because of the catholic church. But one merchant family had an appreciation for this kind of art and that was the Medici family. They opened the first art school in Florence and people like Leonardo Di Vinci and Michelangelo was one of the best students because they ruled at everything in school. And the Medici family set out to complete one of the biggest failures in Italy and that was completing the church Basilica di San Lorenzo by using a brilliant architect Burnolesque who also spark a movement by using support columns in his design and inventing the idea of perspective which is done by viewing things in 3D model.

Contributed by Maddie War Tune

Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights

Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights is a triptych painted in 1503-1504. This triptych is strange because many Art Historians do not actually know what it means! Some believe it is symbolic for sin of the world. Some even think it is depicting what the world would be like if it was still perfect in the Garden of Eden. This painting is strange for us in the 21st century! Was it also strange for people in the 16th century? I would imagine is was definitely a shocking image, to say the least. Yet, the people of this time were most likely Catholic and constantly searching for answers to get closer to God. This painting depicted the depravity of human kind. It depicts people in sin.

Contributed by Tori Martin

Normally, when people think of history, they think it's boring! History is made fun with art. Art is a visual representation which anyone around the world can understand. It is the universal language. Art is everywhere, whether it be painting, sculpture, or architecture, we see it everyday, and it's ever-changing! Learn about the world by studying art!

Contributed by Sammy Sokolis

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