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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 associated with the development of a philosophy that places humanity at its center with the body as its measure of reason and perfection.

But the art of the twentieth century is unlike that of other times and places. Its particular and fundamental characteristics are not based on some set of Continued ...>

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