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20th Century Art

Western historical periods often come to be characterized by particular continuities: traditions and innovations in styles, ideas, and aesthetic concerns. The Italian Renaissance, for example, is ... Continue>
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Art Criticism and Theory

The trouble with aesthetics is that tastes and standards vary so much -- is art about realistic imitation, effective communication, entertaining expression, or simple visual appeal? To analyze with a ... Continue>
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Photography

In 1878 photographer Edward Muybridge was called by railroad baron Leland Stanford to settle a bet: do horses have all four feet off the ground at any one time? By using a camera, Muybridge was able ... Continue>
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Pre-20th Century Art

Nothing is ever simple: the classical model of art history appears as an orderly progression until it reaches our century; it's a deceptively logical stream of objects created over time, in which one ... Continue>
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Tribal Art

From the Oceanic islands to the plains of Africa, indigenous people have an immense, almost incomprehensible variety of languages and beliefs, a history of journeys and migrations; some art is ... Continue>
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