24 Facts About Art history


Art history is the study of aesthetic objects and visual expression in historical and stylistic context.

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Traditionally, the discipline of art history emphasized painting, drawing, sculpture, architecture, ceramics and decorative arts, yet today, art history examines broader aspects of visual culture, including the various visual and conceptual outcomes related to an ever-evolving definition of art.

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Art history encompasses the study of objects created by different cultures around the world and throughout history that convey meaning, importance or serve usefulness primarily through visual representations.

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Art history is an interdisciplinary practice that analyzes the various factors—cultural, political, religious, economic or artistic—which contribute to visual appearance of a work of art.

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Critical theory in art history is often borrowed from literary scholars and it involves the application of a non-artistic analytical framework to the study of art objects.

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Art history emphasized art's progression and development, which was a milestone in this field.

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Art history's was a personal and a historical account, featuring biographies of individual Italian artists, many of whom were his contemporaries and personal acquaintances.

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Art history introduced a scientific approach to the history of art, focusing on three concepts.

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Art history argued, among other things, that art and architecture are good if they resemble the human body.

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Art history was particularly interested in whether there was an inherently "Italian" and an inherently "German" style.

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Art history argued that a collective unconscious and archetypal imagery were detectable in art.

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Art history's ideas were particularly popular among American Abstract expressionists in the 1940s and 1950s.

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Art history's work inspired the surrealist concept of drawing imagery from dreams and the unconscious.

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Art history cautioned that modern humans rely too heavily on science and logic and would benefit from integrating spirituality and appreciation of the unconscious realm.

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Legacy of psychoanalysis in art history has been profound, and extends beyond Freud and Jung.

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Marxist art history attempted to show how art was tied to specific classes, how images contain information about the economy, and how images can make the status quo seem natural .

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Art history attempted to show how class consciousness was reflected in major art periods.

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Marxist Art History was refined in the department of Art History at UCLA with scholars such as T J Clark, O K Werckmeister, David Kunzle, Theodor W Adorno, and Max Horkheimer.

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Art history wrote Marxist art histories of several impressionist and realist artists, including Gustave Courbet and Edouard Manet.

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Semiotic art history seeks to uncover the codified meaning or meanings in an aesthetic object by examining its connectedness to a collective consciousness.

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Art history historians do not commonly commit to any one particular brand of semiotics but rather construct an amalgamated version which they incorporate into their collection of analytical tools.

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Museum studies, including the Art history of museum collecting and display, is a specialized field of study, as is the Art history of collecting.

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Art history created in the modern era, in fact, has often been an attempt to generate feelings of national superiority or love of one's country.

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Discipline of art history is traditionally divided into specializations or concentrations based on eras and regions, with further sub-division based on media.

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