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Art Appreciation

 

Art Lessons

Art Appreciation is the knowledge and understanding of the universal and timeless qualities that identify all great art. The more you appreciate and understand the art of different eras, movements, styles and techniques, the better you can develop, evaluate and improve your own artwork.

 

Italian Renaissance Art

The Italian Renaissance was a 'rebirth' of Classical values in art, literature and philosophy. It was a period of artistic development in Western art that stretched from the revival of naturalism in the art of Giotto at the end of the 13th century to the expressive forms of Mannerism in the art of Michelangelo at the start of the 16th century.

 

Italian Renaissance Art

Art Movements

Art Movements are convenient terms for classifying artists of a certain period or style. They are simply historical titles which are usually dubbed retrospectively by art critics or historians and their titles are often witty or sarcastic nicknames pulled from a bad review.

 

Art Movements

 

Art History Timelines

In order to fully appreciate the work of any artist or art movement it is necessary to understand its position in the Art History Timeline. As most new artwork is a reaction against or development of a previous style in the timeline, it is enlightening to know the artistic context in which it was created.

 

Western Art Timelines

 

Western Art Timelines

 

Modern Art Timelines

 

Modern Art Timelines

 

Art History Slide Shows

Our art history slideshows illustrate famous artworks by some of the most celebrated artists associated with the major art movements and styles. Both the slideshows themselves and the artworks that appear in them are arranged in chronological order to give some sense of the development that occurred as each movement or style progressed.

 

Western Art Slide Shows

 

Western Art Slide Shows

 

Modern Art Slide Shows

 

Modern Art Slide Shows

The Visual Elements of Art

A knowledge of the visual elements of art helps you to understand how artworks are created. It will assist you in breaking an artwork down to its component parts (line, shape, tone, color, pattern, texture, form) so that you may appreciate the skill and imagination that the artist has used in composing it.

 

The Visual Elements of Art

 

Portrait Artists

Portraits express the beauty, status, power, wealth or character of their subjects. Artists use a wide range of media for portraiture, including drawing, printing, painting, sculpture, photography and multimedia.

 

Portrait Artists

 

Still Life Artists

Still Life is the drawing and painting of items such as fruit, flowers and household objects, which are usually arranged on a table top or shelf. Over the centuries artists have chosen to paint still life objects for their symbolism, abstract qualities or simply their visual beauty.

 

Still Life Artists

 

Landscape Artists

Our landscapes painting gallery celebrates artwork from around the world based on the built environment. It displays famous paintings of towns and buildings that have inspired artists to share their feelings about the surroundings we have constructed for ourselves.

 

Landscape Artists

Animals in Art

Animals in art have always been a popular subject. They are often depicted for their natural beauty and majesty, or as mythical or symbolic beasts. Sometimes they are portrayed as the hunter's prey, prize livestock, or more sentimentally as domestic pets.

 

Animals in Art
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