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There is no generally accepted and comprehensive definition of Art. It is most often explained as the expression of human creative skill and imagination, usually through paintings, sculpture and architecture. In principle art’s intention is to provide beauty and to inspire the emotions via the artist’s imagination and technical skills. The observer then applies their subjective aesthetic judgement to evaluate the work. But, many artworks are commissioned adding a ‘third-party’ agency.
In establishing the categories we have first considered the material chronologically and provided headings that are clearly Western descriptors. Don’t be deflected by these, because in selecting the material we have looked beyond the West for works from other global regions and genres.
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Here are the nine Art & Sculpture segments:
|1.1 Antiquity/ Classical pre-476||1.2 Medieval 260 to 1300 CE
|1.3 Renaissance to Romanticism|
|1.4 After Romanticism 1780-1860||1.5 Modern Art 1860-WWI||1.6 Modern Art… post-WWI to 1950s|
|1.7 Contemporary Art 1950s-|