Visual Art Across the Ages
From Shelley Esaak, former About.com Guide
Timelines of Art History
From the Paleolithic age to Post-9/11, here are 32,000 years' worth of artistic doings split into five easy pieces.
- Ancient Art - 30,000 B.C.-ca. 400 A.D.
- Late Antique to Early Renaissance Art - 400-1400
- Renaissance to Early Modern Art - 1400-1880
- Modern Art - 1880-1970
- Contemporary Art - 1970-Present
Movements and Periods in Western Art History
Fast facts, dates, founding motives and characteristics for some of those named chunks of chronology you'll meet while navigating through art history.
- Proto-Renaissance Art
- Early Renaissance Art
- The Italian High Renaissance
- The Late Renaissance and Mannerism
- What's the Difference Between an Era, a Period and a Movement?
Art Speak Fluency
Because visual art has its own language, and most of us find translations to plain English useful.
- What Is Art?
- What Is Visual Art?
- What Is Representational Art?
- What Are the "Elements" of Art?
- What Are the Functions of Art?