The Development of Ideas in  Western Arts Part 1

The Development of Ideas in Western Arts Part 1

The Development of Ideas in Western Art –   The Fine Arts of Architecture, Painting, Sculpture & Printmaking   c.1000 AD to present   Prelude – The Dark Ages After the fall of Rome 410-476 AD, Europe plunged into the Dark Ages. It could be argued that the fall of Rome coincided with...
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The Development of Ideas in  Western Arts Part 2

The Development of Ideas in Western Arts Part 2

Renaissance & Mannerism   Early Renaissance Italy lead Europe culturally in 15 and 16th centuries, during which time flourished a rebirth of classical learning and values, known as the Renaissance. The competitive, independent city states of Italy provided the ideal environment for artistic...
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The Development of Ideas in  Western Arts Part 3

The Development of Ideas in Western Arts Part 3

Baroque The 17th century brought changes to Europe and also to the arts. Already shaken by the Reformation and northern countries’ split from Rome, Europe would then be subject to the devastating 30 Years War and the Roman Church’s Counter-Reformation. In Italy, many artists fled the politically...
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The Development of Ideas in Western Arts Part 4

The Development of Ideas in Western Arts Part 4

Neo-Classicism Neo-Classicism refers to a more modern and rational approach to the fine arts, in concert with The Enlightenment. The later 18th century saw changes in philosophical outlook in Europe. The publication of powerful new writers like Voltaire, who challenged the social order and advocated...
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The Artistic Legacy of the Old Civilizations outside Europe

The Artistic Legacy of the Old Civilizations outside Europe

Islamic Art & Architecture When Islam emerged from the Arabian Peninsula and conquered much of the surrounding area – including former Byzantine territory – its architects borrowed from previous cultures, adding essential elements of their own, such as the minaret, to create mosques. Islam however...
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