This in an excerpt from this book
Art history is all about challenging the creative side of yourself, in inspiring you to find beauty in all forms. Since the existence of this world, mankind have known and practiced art in different styles. May it be the crude drawings and paintings of the caveman or the masterpiece of Leonardo da Vinci. Art history spans the entire account of the human race, right from the primeval times to the 21st century.
It is the study of objects of art and the ancient style, design and genre that they have been made in. This includes paintings, sculptures, architectures even furniture and other decorative like ceramics and many more. Art History embraces various methods to study the works of art and architecture. The field of art is much easier to understand when divided into three parts, which is the specialists, the critics and the art historians.
The part played by the art critics is very imperative and crucial, reason being they are the ones who help in establishing a comparative artistic value to the piece of work with respect to the works of others of the same genre. They have the authority to sanction an entire new style or a movement or philosophy of art and art theory, which is apprehensive with the nature of art. There is another department of study known as, study of Aesthetics and it majorly deals in investigating the problem of the transcendent and defining the quintessence of beauty. On the other hand, Art History has nothing to do with any of these.
Art historians use historical methods to find answers to a historical piece of art, to questions such as: How did the artist inspire to create the particular work?, who were the supporters?, Who was the teacher?, who were the spectators?, who were the followers?, what historic events forced the artist’s work?, what effects did the art create socially and politically?. Many questions like such arise for each piece of art, the art historians’ work is to find those answers. It is however, uncertain whether or not questions like these would get a satisfactory answers to it.
This book is on a revitalizing and awe inspiring revelation about art history the study of Art History. The meaning of it, and the methods used to study the artefacts by the art historians. How it came to improve in the developing years and different eras.
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