Global contemporary: 1980-present (Khan Academy)

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Global contemporary art is characterized by a transcendence of traditional conceptions of art and is supported by technological developments and global awareness. Digital technology in particular provides increased access to imagery and contextual information about diverse artists and artworks throughout history and across the globe. (1) Global contemporary: 1980-present Christo and Jeanne-Claude, The Gates Maya […]

The Pacific (Khan Academy)

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The arts of the Pacific vary by virtue of ecological situations, social structure, and impact of external influences, such as commerce, colonialism, and missionary activity. Created in a variety of media, Pacific arts are distinguished by the virtuosity with which materials are used and presented. (1) The Pacific Easter Island Moai Feather cape Staff-god Wooden […]

South, East, and Southeast Asia: 300 B.C.E. – 1980 C.E. (Khan Academy)

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The arts of South, East, and Southeast Asia represent some of the world’s oldest, most diverse, and most sophisticated visual traditions. (1) India Beliefs of Hinduism Beliefs made visible: Hindu art in South Asia Hindu temples Sacred space and symbolic form at Lakshmana Temple, Khajuraho (India) The Historical Buddha Introduction to Buddhism Beliefs made visible: […]

West and central Asia: 500 B.C.E.-1980 C.E. (Khan Academy)

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The arts of West and Central Asia play a key role in the history of world art, giving form to the vast cultural interchanges that have occurred in these lands that link the European and Asian peoples. (1) West and central Asia: 500 B.C.E.-1980 C.E. Petra: The rose red city of the Nabataeans Petra: Rock-cut […]

Africa: 1100-1980 C.E. (Khan Academy)

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Human life, which is understood to have begun in Africa, developed over millions of years and radiated beyond the continent of Africa. The earliest African art dates to 77,000 years ago. While interpretation of this art is conjectural at best, the clarity and strength of design and expression in the work is obvious. (1) Africa: […]

Indigenous Americas (Khan Academy)

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Art of the Indigenous Americas is among the world’s oldest artistic traditions. While its roots lie in northern Asia, it developed independently between c. 10,000 B.C.E. and 1492 C.E., which marked the beginning of the European invasions. Regions and cultures are referred to as the Indigenous Americas to signal the priority of First Nations cultural […]

Later Europe and Americas: 1750-1980 C.E. (Khan Academy)

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From the mid-1700s to 1980 C.E., Europe and the Americas experienced rapid change and innovation. Art existed in the context of dramatic events such as industrialization, urbanization, economic upheaval, migrations, and wars. Countries and governments were re-formed; women’s and civil rights’ movements catalyzed social change. Artists assumed new roles in society. Styles of art proliferated […]

Early Europe and Colonial Americas: 200-1750 C.E. (Khan Academy)

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(1) Art of the Islamic world in the medieval era The Great Mosque of Cordoba Pyxis of al-Mughira The Alhambra Mimar Sinan, Mosque of Selim II, Edirne (2) Renaissance Art in Europe Workshop of Campin, Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece) Workshop of Campin, Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece) (quiz) Brunelleschi, Pazzi Chapel Brunelleschi, Pazzi Chapel (quiz) Van […]

Ancient Mediterranean: 3500 B.C.E.-300 C.E. (Khan Academy)

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Artistic traditions of the ancient Near East and dynastic Egypt focused on representing royal figures and divinities and on the function of funerary and palatial complexes within their cultural contexts. Works of art illustrate the active exchange of ideas and reception of artistic styles among the Mediterranean cultures and the subsequent influence on the classical […]

Global prehistory: 30,000-500 B.C.E. (Khan Academy)

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Human expression existed across the globe before the written record. While prehistoric art of Europe has been the focus of many introductions to the history of art, very early art is found worldwide and shares certain features, particularly concern with the natural world and humans’ place within it. By permission, © 2013 The College Board […]

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