The History of Art History



The history of art is a complex topic that retraces man’s journey from primitive dwellings to communal dwellings that develop into cities and give rise to empires, revolutions, inventions & religions. Beginning with Athens and Rome, these series of videos explore the History of Art by examining how economic, cultural, religious and philosophical aspects shaped the visual landscape of the past and even the present.



it has easily forgotten that our history
isn’t only about paintings and museums
it is about the ideas held within those
paintings it is about the objects that
they behold often it is evidence or it
bears witness to events in the past that
could not have otherwise been recorded
it tells us where we have been what has
happened and where everything might have
been going it tells us about the winners
and the losers transitions in life
beliefs religions the rise and fall of
kings and queens and often times gives
voice to those who otherwise didn’t have
one sculptures architecture and painting
were the voice and recording devices of
the past before the advent of
photography and the onset of the
Industrial Revolution before that time
we have to look at architecture we have
to look at sculpture we have to look at
painting mosaics to see what man revered
what his beliefs were what did the
economy might have been like and what is
migration might have been why he left
the cave and moved to a small village
why he left the small village and went
to a bigger one on the mountaintop and
while there while food was plentiful
while developing new technologies
how we made the transition from a small
village into a city or a capital city
with structures were built in capital
cities that are still left there today
they give us evidence to the Past and
who has been there and what did they
build and why what did it mean to them
and what could it mean to us when we
talk about art history in this course
we’re going to look at Western art
history which means we’re going to start
in Athens present-day Greece where
Hamlet started to develop around the
Parthenon which is a structure that was
erected to worship a variety of gods we
at least in the West were born from the
span theistic culture and moved into
monotheistic one
although we don’t Revere those gods
often or even think about them they are
still threaded throughout our daily
lives they show up in places where we
might not otherwise imagine them
this constant thread
is around us the past is always in the
present our history is a way of seeing
it’s more than a museum in a painting it
starts with architecture it moves to
statues paintings the past and the

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