Art in context
From the first cave paintings of the Neolithic era to the innovative techniques of the Renaissance, the playfulness of the Rococo period to the cutting edge art of today, the history of art is a long, rich, and beautiful one. For as long as humans have been alive, there has been art. But why do we create art? Over the centuries, artists have created art out of love, self-expression, anger, and simply for the sake of making art. Artists have called for revolution through their paintings and have created art out of sheer spite and pettiness.
It is easy to look at the history of humanity and note that much of our development and expansion came from a basic, primal need and will to survive. Art, on the other hand, forces us to look beyond the basic need for survival, highlighting a different side to the human soul, one that appreciates and creates beauty for beauty’s sake. Art empowers humanity to create meaning, allowing people to communicate messages, make statements, track and record history, or to simply create art for the sake of aesthetic beauty and appeal.
Not only can art help us to understand our known past in more detail, but it also offers us an opportunity to explore the lives and experiences of those who have traditionally been left out of written accounts. Mainstream accounts of art history tend to exclude certain individuals and groups from the limelight, based on race, gender, and sexuality. The articles on this website aim to include all relevant names throughout the history of art, making a particular effort to include the stories and works of those who may have been omitted in the past.
Thus, you can think of this website as an online art museum, your one-stop archive for all things art. Here, you will be able to find detailed articles on the history of art, artist biopics, analyses of famous artworks, and even information on architecture. Furthermore, we also offer a variety of guides that will help you to learn how to create your own works of art. Learn about color theory, how to use oil paints, and follow our tutorials on how to draw a variety of subjects!
This website aims to educate and inspire, providing a comprehensive account of the rich history of art and those that were involved. After reading about the great feats of Michelangelo and admiring the emotive works of Frida Kahlo, perhaps you too will be inspired to pick up a paintbrush and create your own masterpiece.