History

The History of Art in all its visible, auditory and performing forms

Art is a diverse range of activities used to create artworks. These artworks can depict scenes from historical happenings or just something extraordinary that the artist needed to share with others through creativity.

Categories; Genres, Forms, Media and Styles of Art through the Ages

1. Pre-Historic Times: The oldest art objects in the world are a series of tiny drilled snail shells, found in a cave. Rock paintings are another form of art dating out of pre-historic times. Several containers that might have contained paints have been found, proving that art was used from earliest times.

2. Ancient Times: Ancient Greece’s art brought poise, beauty and anatomically correct proportions in human statues. Ancient Rome’s art featured gods, for instance, Zeus with a Thunderbolt. Ancient Egypt’s art consists of paintings, sculptures, architecture, etc. Many of these art forms were symbolic and told a story.

3. The Renaissance: The Renaissance took place after the middle Ages, where nothing much happened. The word ‘Renaissance’ literally means “Rebirth”, and featured the beginning of a very lively and busy art development.

4. Baroque: Dramatic lighting and overall visuals define this time in art history and was influenced greatly by Religious happenings in that time.

5. Impressionism: A new freely brushed style in painting realised during this time. The artists’ often chose to paint realistic scenes of outside activities of modern life, rather than studio set ups. This movement had a big influence on art and found new techniques through different perspectives of the era they lived in.

Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, Expressionism and Cubism followed the Impressionism movement and each of these movements was influenced by their own eras’ history and daily life.