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Art History Timeline (2,500,000 BCE - 1950)

  • 38,000 BCE

    Cave Art

    Cave Art
    Cave art is painted drawings on cave walls or ceilings. They are of prehistoric origin in Asia and Europe. Cave painting was created in three basic stages; the nature and contours of the rock surface, the strength and type of light, and the raw materials available.
  • 30,000 BCE

    Paleolithic Cave Painting

    Paleolithic Cave Painting
    Paleolithic cave painting ranges from about 30,000 BCE to 10,000 BCE. This first accomplishments in human creativity were produced during this time. The most common themes in cave painting are large wild animals, tracings of human hands, and hand stencils.
  • 10,000 BCE

    Neolithic Art Period in China

    Neolithic Art Period in China
    Chinese artistic tradition can be traced to about 4000 B.C., the middle of the Neolithic period. Ceramic art was the creative activity of Neolithic society in China. The earliest pots that appeared were exclusively earthenware, hand-made, red, and fired in bonfires. Chinese Middle Neolithic art is represented by deep bodied jugs, red or brown ware, and pointed bottomed amphorae. Chinese Late Neolithic pottery includes delicate, colored and polished vessels.
  • 3100 BCE

    Egyptian Architecture

    Egyptian Architecture
    Egyptian architecture has two main characteristics, they are massiveness and conservatism. Massiveness is best seen in the pyramids and temples in Egypt. Conservatism appears in 3000 BCE as a representation for Roman emperors in the guise of pharaohs.
  • 2725 BCE

    Egyptian Tomb Painting

    Egyptian Tomb Painting
    The tombs of kings, queens, and nobles were decorated with murals. Usually these murals were images of deities and people who were deceased. Images on the murals were coincided with texts from the Book of The Dead.
  • 650 BCE

    Greek Sculpture: Daedalic Period

    Greek Sculpture: Daedalic Period
    The first stage of Greek sculpture is called the Daedalic period. The Daedalic style is primarily decorative. The Daedalic style is discerned for the conservative conception of its form and the abnormally slow rate of its development. The characteristics of the Daedalic style are combined with other local or oriental elements and are applied to the works of the pro-corinthian ceramics and to the minor art in bronze.
  • 480 BCE

    Early Classical Greek Sculpture

    Early Classical Greek Sculpture
    Classical sculpture refers to the loose forms of sculpture from ancient Greece and Rome. Greek sculptures were used to depict the battles, mythology, and rulers of the land known as Ancient Greece. The classical tradition derived from Greece dominated the art of the western world.
  • 450 BCE

    High Classical Greek Sculpture

    High Classical Greek Sculpture
    The high classical sculpture demonstrates the shifting style in Greek sculptural work as figures became more dynamic and less static.
  • 210 BCE

    Roman Basilica Architecture

    Roman Basilica Architecture
    In Ancient Rome, the basilica was created as a place for tribunals, transacting business, and disposing legal matters. The building was a long rectangular shape with a central portion of the hall was made up of the nave.
  • 400

    Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

    Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts
    Illuminated manuscripts were religious texts embellished with rich colors which featured the use of gold and silver. Illumination of manuscripts were a way of aggrandizing ancient documents.
  • Nov 22, 1423

    Painting in Florence and Rome: Adoration of the Magi

    Painting in Florence and Rome: Adoration of the Magi
    Gentile da Fabriano's Adoration of the Magi was housed in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. It was considered to be his finest works. The works shows both the international and Sienese schools' influences on Gentile's art and it is combined with the Renaissance novelties he had knowledge of in Florence.
  • Nov 30, 1498

    The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

    The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
    The Last Supper is Christ's final mean with his apostles. Leonardo depicts Christ blessing the bread and wine in his painting. Leonardo's last supper is dense with symbolic references.
  • Nov 30, 1500

    High Renaissance Art

    High Renaissance Art
    Through the high renaissance period, artists achieved an ideal of harmony and balance. High renaissance was a culmination of artistic developments of early renaissance. High renaissance was considered to be a natural evolution of Italian Humanism.
  • Nov 30, 1505

    Venetian Art Style

    Venetian Art Style
    Venice had developed its own artistic style that differed from that of Florence and Rome. There was a rivarly between the two styles. The Venetian style of painting is characterized by deep, rich colors, emphasis on patterns and surfaces, and a strong interest in the effects of light.
  • Baroque Art in Europe

    Baroque Art in Europe
    In European history the period from 1585 to 1700/1730 is called the Baroque era. The word baroque comes from the Portuguese and Spanish words for large and irregularly. Baroque art tended to be large scale works of public art such as; monumental wall paintings, frescoes for the ceilings, and vaults of palaces and churches. Baroque art illustrated key elements of the catholic dogma.
  • Romanticism Art

    Romanticism Art
    Romanticism is an artistic and intellectual movement that originated in the late 18th century and underlined strong emotion, imagination, freedom from classical art forms, and rebellion against social conventions.
  • Early Photography: The daguerrotype

    Early Photography: The daguerrotype
    The daguerreotype was the first photographic process. It was invented by Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre. The daguerreotype was exposed in a camera obscura and developed in mercury vapors. Each polished silver copper plate is a unique photograph that exhibits extraordinary detail.
  • The Stonebreakers - Gustave Courbet

    The Stonebreakers - Gustave Courbet
    In the painting of Courbet, there are two figures that are going through hard labor. Courbet wanted to present that the poor is evident. Courbet's brushwork is rough like a stone.
  • Realism Art

    Realism Art
    Realism art is accurate, detailed, unblemished depiction of art or contemporary life. Realism art does not accept imaginative idealization in favor of a close observation of outward appearances.
  • Modern Art

    Modern Art
    Modern art is an evolving set of ideas among various of artists. It is the creative world's response to the rational perspectives in society. Modern art is characterized by the artist's intention to portray a subject to the world.
  • Impressionistic Art

    Impressionistic Art
    Impressionism is a 19th century art movement. Impressionistic art is characterized by relatively small, thin, visible brush strokes, open composition, and emphasis on depiction of light.
  • Van Gogh Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear

    Van Gogh Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear
    Van Gogh’s characteristic long brushstrokes run vertically. The hat and facial features seem to curve or swirl. This painting is very controlled. However, the colors used in the face seem to clash which suggests turmoil within himself. The colors seem to be original. Van Gogh used unstable pigments that changed colors over time.
  • Cubism Art

    Cubism Art
    Cubism is an avant-garde art movement that revolutionized European painting, sculpture, music, literature, and architecture. Cubism was the most intellectual and uncompromising movement. Cubism was the origin of an evolutionary process that produced diversity.
  • Surrealism Art

    Surrealism Art
    Surrealism began in the early twentieth century. It was a movement that flourished in art and literature. Surrealism aimed at expressing imaginative dreams and visions from conscious rational control.
  • Picasso's Guernica

    Picasso's Guernica
    One of Picasso's famous cubist work is Guernica. Guernica shows the tragedies of war and the suffering upon innocent civilians. This work is seen as a pastoral and epic style. The color intensifies the drama, producing a reportage quality as in a photographic record. Guernica is blue, black and white.
  • Abstract Art

    Abstract Art
    The Abstract Expressionism movement began in the 1940's in New York City after World War II. Abstract art does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality. In abstract art shapes, colors, forms, and marks are used to achieve its effect.
  • Abstract Expressionism

    Abstract Expressionism
    Abstract expressionism is a post World War II art movement in American painting in the 1940's. It was the first specifically American movement to achieve international influence.
  • Pop Art Movement

    Pop Art Movement
    Pop art was a movement marked by a fascination with popular culture. It reflected the post- war society. Pop art first emerged in Great Britain. Pop art is a descendant of Dadaism, it mocks the established art world by appropriating images from the street, supermarket, mass media, and art itself.
  • Robert Rauschenberg Canyon

    Robert Rauschenberg Canyon
    Canyon is not entirely an abstract work of art. Canyon would be a traditional representational artwork. Rauschenberg’s work seems to resist fixed decoding in favor of a more open-ended play of meaning. Canyon can be seen as a counter to the overblown rhetoric of abstract expressionism.
  • Gold Marilyn Monroe - Andy Warhol

    Gold Marilyn Monroe - Andy Warhol
    Warhol's work reveals that he was influenced by both pop culture and art history. Warhol took a subject of an impersonal image and made it his own drawing of Monroe. Warhol multiplied the face of Monroe which signified his own fascination with a society that people could be manufactured, co modified, and consumed like products.