Why Did Ancient People Create Art?

  Neanderthals were early humans who lived approximately one hundred thousand to three hundred thousand years ago. Their art often consisted of pictures of animals, much like the art found by the little girl Maria and her father when they discovered the Cave of Altamira in Spain. The animals depicted in the pictures include horses, […]

Progress and Art

  Over time, humans have learnt more about the world around them and made scientific and technological breakthroughs, which in turn led to more complex lives, cultured societies, and art. In the West, complex art began in Greece around 3,000 years ago. Sculpture was a central part of Greek art. It showed the beauty of […]

Introduction to the Renaissance Period

  In European history, the period between the 400s and 1400s is known as the Middle Ages. During this time, most art in Europe was dedicated to religious subjects and stories from the Bible. This was because, in the year 313, Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the empire. After that, churches were […]

The Birth of Renaissance Art

  In the beginning of the 1300s, the poet Petrarch realised there was a cultural change taking place, moving from the focus on religious subjects to humans and the world around. The poet said that it was the revival of the classics, which is how the period became known later—as the Renaissance, which in French […]

The Art of Renaissance

  The epicentre of Renaissance art was Florence. The Renaissance period began in the late 1300s and early 1400s when the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople. This event resulted in many scholars and artists moving to Florence and bringing with them ideas about classical culture that were dormant in Europe. Another important societal change that occurred […]

The Art of the Middle Ages

  The Middle Ages is a period between the decline of the Roman Empire and the beginning of what is known as the Renaissance. Sometimes the Middle Ages are known as the Medieval Period. The Middle Ages lasted for about one thousand years, from 400AD to 1400AD. This was during the time of the rising […]