Discover the fascinating varied phenomenon we call Islamic art. It’s a wide-ranging area with lots of diversity, so consider this an introduction to what you'll see in the Islamic Art section of any art museum rather than a definitive guide to a set of singular characteristics.
History painting was an important genre in 18th and 19th-century European art. The term is used all the time, but doesn't simply refer to paintings of history. Learn about the characteristics of a history paint and why all the most ambitious artists wanted to pursue it.
What is Romanticism in art? Learn about the different themes and stylistic attributes of Romantic painting, sculpture, and architecture. Find out how it's different from Neo-Classicism, the style that preceded it.
Learn about Pre-Raphaelite painting. Who were the major artists, what were their ideas, and how can you identify the works? How did the Pre-Raphaelites relate to the industrial revolution and movements like Arts & Crafts?
Romanesque was a major style of medieval architecture that was popular in Western Europe in the 11th and 12th centuries CE. It's the direct predecessor of better-known Gothic architecture. Here's everything you need to know about Romanesque.
Understand the major ideas and components of classical Roman architecture. What was its context, and what later monuments did it influence?
Ancient or classical Greek architecture formed the basis for so much of Euro-American architecture. Learn about its main forms and ideas.
A guide to recognizing and appreciating Renaissance architecture. Includes background, key ideas, important architects, and examples.
Understand Fauvism, the early-20th century painting style. Learn about its key artists and works, underlying ideas, historical background, and how to recognize it. Plus, what does the name mean?
How to recognize and understand Cubism. Learn about the key artists, underlying ideas, and background.