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.
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.
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.
Modern Art or Modernism emerges in the 1860’s with French Impressionism and evolves through a century of art movements to its final flourish as Pop Art in the 1960’s. Its various forms were usually developments of a preceding style or reactions against it. Modernist styles are so called because they relate, either positively or negatively to contemporary social, scientific and technological developments and events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our Landscape 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.
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.