Art Movements: Learn about Important Periods in Art History



One of the biggest cultural phenomena of the last decade, steampunk is now firmly established within the arts scene, enjoying mainstream respect at exhibitions and festivals all over the world. Maybe you’re interested in steampunk art as a collector. . . or maybe you think you might be. . . read more
What is a linocut? A linocut is a type of relief print. Relief printing is when a piece of paper is “stamped” with ink from the top surface of the plate. Other types of relief prints are woodcuts and engraving. Essentially, a linocut is the same as a woodcut. . . read more
Glass mosaic art has been practiced for thousands of years, going back to Ancient Egypt, where it was initially used in palaces and tombs. The Egyptians were the first to discover the versatility of glass, later learning to. . . read more
The first comic book was born in the United States and is often said to have been officially launched by ‘Famous Funnies’ in 1934. What followed was mass production of a wide assortment of comic books that eventually led comic book historians to categorize them according to their. . . read more
Whenever you come across still life paintings depicting things like bread, fruits and vegetables, you’re actually seeing the results of a long tradition of food in art. For instance, a glass bowl of fruit was commonly included in Roman paintings to boast of the delicacies that Roman. . . read more
Pixel art is a unique digital art movement that got its start in the early years of computer graphics when video cards still had very limited capabilities. (Think old arcade games and you'll get the idea.). . . read more
Over the past 18 months I have devoted a lot of my painting time to the creation of Pocket Art. "Pocket Art" refers to paintings with dimensions of 2.5 x 3.5 inches, and while painting in such a small format can be challenging, it is always rewarding. . .. . . read more
With the advancement of computer technology (and software programs such as Photoshop) the relentless, tireless photographer who crouched in dawn's early light to catch that "perfect scene" is a rare find.. . . read more
Japanese art prints, or Ukiyo-e (which means "pictures of the floating world") have become an increasingly popular art form in the Western world. Their upward, floating imagery sprang from the Buddhist idea that joy is transient and that only detachment from desire will bring true. . . read more
What was Romanticism? Well, although the name may sound a bit lovey-dovey, as an art (and literary) movement Romanticism really had nothing to do with love or romance. It DID have everything to do with emotion, however.. . . read more
What was Mannerism? Simply put, Mannerism was the art movement that took place immediately after the Renaissance during the 16th century. There are also two things which tend to show up in Mannerist works fairly often, and you can spot them if you know what to look for.. . . read more
The Baroque art movement began during the early 17th century in Italy and lasted over a century throughout Europe. As a style, Baroque artwork combines dramatic compositions, beautiful details, and emotional subject matter.. . . read more
The De Stijl art movement (Neo-Plasticism) had just one goal: to make art that was as simple and as basic as possible. De Stijl took art to an almost scientific level of precision and perfection, using squares, lines, and primary colors only.. . . read more
Within the first two decades of the 20th century, a new art movement began unlike any other - Cubism. Most Cubist works are immediately recognizable due to their flattened, nearly appearance, geometric lines and angles, and a fairly neutral color palette.. . . read more



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