History of Art

The History of Art, by Ethan Tingey, is a virtual gallery representation of a timeline depicting important art creations. Each piece in the virtual gallery is accompanied by the time or time-frame of which it was created, and a description of why that piece is significant to the progression of art. The progression of art is extremely interesting because it provides knowledge of the people, cultures, and societies that are associated with each art piece. Many different cultures and societies are depicted throughout the gallery, thus the gallery is a rough portrayal of the progression of humanity, through the evaluation of art. Each art piece is evaluated in consideration to notable events that happened during the respective time to the creation of that art piece. There are a broad amount of different art forms included in The History of Art, such as painting, sculpting, architecture, metal working, and more. The pieces evaluated range from the Lascaux Cave Painting (Stone Age 30,000 b.c.–10,000 b.c.) to the architecture in the Serpentine Art Gallary (Postmodernism 2005).

The creation of the Lascaux Cave Painting is estimated to be in the time frame of 30,000 b.c.–10,000 b.c. during the Stone Age. The cave painting is significant to the history of art because it is the oldest known art piece to be created. The art piece portrays a cow with horns. It is interesting that the Paleolithic humans painted cattle because it was during the time frame of the piece that domestication of animals began. The domestication of plants and animals is important to human history because it allowed for once nomadic humans to become sedentary. Sedentary humans have more time for philosophy and making discoveries.
The creation of the Standard of Ur is estimated to be in the time frame of Mesopotamian 3500 b.c.–539 b.c. The narration in stone relief is important to the history of art because it depicts the creation of new art forms by creating new mediums. The art piece portrays the two general roles in the Mesopotamian society, war and labor. It is interesting that the art represents standards of society because it was during that time frame that the Code of Hammurabi was created. The Code of Hammurabi was a set of rules and laws that many societies turned to as general rules. The creation of rules and formality is important to human history because it led to the establishment of culture and stability to societies.
The creation of the Great Pyramids is estimated to be in the time frame of 3100 b.c.–30 b.c. The architectural wonder is important to the history of art because it was the first known large-scale art piece. The art piece portrays large geometrical right-pyramids. It is interesting that the Egyptians built these pyramids because they were not used for their traditional burial purpose. The purpose of the pyramids still remains widely unknown. The creation of the pyramids is important to human history because it is the one of the first extraordinary human architectures.
The creation of the Parthenon is dated to be in 447 b.c. The brilliantly built temple is important to the history of art because of the architectural detail that became architectural culture for a couple thousand years. Another reason why the Parthenon is important to the history of art is because it established the tradition of admiring gods with art. The art piece portrays a structurally sound temple that uses columns for its stability. It is interesting that Ancient Greeks were so enthused with columns because they are still such a huge part of how architects build structures. The creation of Greek temples is important to human history because it inspired and still inspires many architects.
The creation of Augustus of Primaporta is dated to be around 10 A.D. The astonishingly well-constructed statue is important to the history of art because it was one of the first statues to support itself, and thus opened a new era for the art form. The art piece portrays Augustus Caesar nobly standing and pointing. It is interesting that the statue was built so shortly before the death of Rome’s first emperor. The creation of Augustus of Primaporta and other similar statues is important to human history because statues are long lasting memories and images that can inspire for many generations.
The creation of the Cathédrale de Chartes is dated to be during the middle ages around 1220. This magnificent architecture is important to the history of art because it was one of the first known uses of stained glass. The staining of glass and assembling them to create an image or message is an art form. The Cathédrale is a massive building that portrays the gothic culture of the middle ages. It is interesting that the structure of the Cathédrale is only slightly improved from structures seen in Ancient Greece. The creation of the Cathédrale de Chartes is important to human history because it expresses how technological advances massively slowed during the Middle Ages, this is why the middle ages are considered to be the dark ages.
The creation of Ghiberti's Doors is dated to be during the Renaissance around 1450. This golden work of art is important to the history or art because it brought the concept of wealth to art. Art became more beautiful based on the amount of money it was worth. Another interesting reason why the doors are important to the history of art is because it depicts a message of religion. There is a continual concept of tradition shown in art, the most largely followed tradition seems to be religion. Each golden panel displays Christian stories, Adam and Eve, Jacob and Esau, ect. This art piece is important to human history because it depicts how capitalism and desire of wealth emerges from the transition from the middle ages to the Renaissance.
The creation of Young Woman at Her Toilette by Giovanni Bellini is dated to be 1515 during the Renaissance. This portrait is important to the history of art because it depicts several new concepts added to portrait painting, such as linear perspective, light and shade, 3-D modelling, and more. It is interesting that the concepts of portraits were improved dramatically just as human society and technologies improved. The creations of portraits are important to human history because it allows the visualization of the clothe styles and lives of the people to the respective time of the portraits.
The creation of the Annunciation by El Greco is dated to be around 1576. This elegant painting is important to the history of art because it was part of the mannerism movement where art began to break the rules of traditional art. Another reason this piece is important to the history of art is that it was used as a weapon to fight religious wars. It is interesting that the painting breaks the rules of traditional art because it was during the respective time of the painting that many classical ideals were being broken and changed to more rational ideals. The Annunciation by El Greco is important to human history because it depicts how humans began to find other ways to project their message rather than violence and war.
The creation of this selection from ''The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō'' by Utagawa Hiroshige is dated to be in the 19th century. This beautiful, meditative ukiyo-e art is important to the history of art because it depicts how some art forms begin to fade away through time. Utagawa Hiroshige is considered to be the last great master of ukiyo-e art. The piece portrays a beautiful relaxing ocean side. It is interesting that this famous Japanese art tradition faded away just prior to the beginning of the Japanese imperialism. The creation of the selections from ''The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō'' is important to human history because it tells a story of how the change in philosophy of a country, can harshly alter the culture within that country.
The creation of Poppy Field by Vincent Van Gogh is dated to be 1890. This simple painting is important to the history of art because it establishes the theme of using brush strokes to create unique textures. It is interesting how as the world was becoming more complex a lot of art forms were becoming focused on the beauty of simplicity or the unreal. The piece portrays a poppy field under clear skies, where each brush stroke can be recognized. The creation of Poppy Field is important to human history because it depicts how even as human society becomes more complex, humans cling to something of simplicity.
The creation of We Inhabit the Corrosive Littoral of Habit by James Gleeson is dated to be 1940. This surreal painting was part of the surrealism movement and is important to the history of art because it demolished the boundaries of art. The piece depicts random pieces of human body and face on a sandy beach with other pieces of society. It is interesting that the boundaries of art continued to be brought down as society continues to establish more rules and normality. The surrealism movement is important to human history because it depicted what people thought of the phenomena that were quickly being discovered in the 20th century.
The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion was created in 2007. The extraordinary architectural design is important to the history of art becomes it expresses how modern art uses the technologies developed over the course of mankind to create brilliant art. It is interesting how art and science have always been tangled together. The Serpentine Gallery is important to human history because it depicts how far humans have come with physics, chemistry, and architectural design.
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