Importance of Art Throughout History
Art has varied in different ancient cultures & regions throughout the world & civilizations over time. Different cultures use art to send messages, share beliefs, or record daily life. Ancient civilizations in various regions used a wide range of materials based on what was available. Art movements in recent history often reflect changes in the world around artists. As we will learn, all have an importance of art throughout history. As travel became easier, art from different cultures was shared and techniques spread more quickly. Art cultures around the world, Egypt, Rome, China to name a few, have helped create the rich art of the modern world.
Art in Ancient Greece
The first thing to know about ancient Greek art is that it was made for the ruling class, not for the common people. The majority of the artwork we have from this period is from funeral monuments. Wealthy families built tombs and decorated them with sculptures and paintings of the deceased.
A second key point about ancient Greek art is that it was created in an era when religion was highly influential. Indeed, so much spirituality went into their work that it often became difficult to distinguish between what was real and what was divine.
Art in the Middle Ages
The Middle Ages were an era of great change and upheaval. Monarchy was overthrown, and the power shifted to the peasantry. The Church became more powerful and helped spread Christianity, which had a profound effect on the arts, literature, and architecture.
Artists began to depict Christian symbols in their paintings and sculptures. The three-dimensional forms of this period have been reproduced by artists over the centuries.
The Impressionists were a group of French painters who were active in the late 1800s and early 1900s. They wanted to change how art was done. Using bright colors, simple brushstrokes, and perspectives that weren’t quite correct to get their point across.
The Impressionists had a great impact on how people thought about art. Before them, paintings were mostly realistic and classical in style.
Modern art is a term that was coined in the late 19th century, and it has always been controversial. Questions such as what modern art? What is good modern art? What are the implications of modern art on society? These have often been a hot topic for conversation.
Let's explore the history of modern art and its ongoing controversy. We will focus on Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Edward Munch.
Wrapping things up!
Let's reflect on importance of art throughout history. The purpose of art is to leave a lasting impression on others. Throughout history, the form and function of art has changed across cultures and periods. Each period through history used art to replay messages and important happenings in their time.
As you read more about art history, a child can learn how the past history of art affects civilization. Studying and writing about the ancient Greeks, for example, can be an art lesson to teach. Try these art kits from I Create Art if you are interested in this topic:
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