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History of Western Art


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Part 1: Introduction. Chapter 1: Why Do We Study Art? The Artistic Impulse. The Value of Art. Art and Illusion. Art and Identification. Chapter 2: The Language of the Visual. Form. Line. Depth. Shape. Light and Colour. Texture. Stylistic Terminology. Subject Matter, Content, and Iconography. Part 2: The Ancient World. Chapter 3: Prehistoric Western Europe. Stone Age. Chapter 4: The Ancient Near East. Neolithic Era. Mesopotamia. Anatolia: Hittite Empire. Ancient Iran. The Seythians. Persian (Achaemenid) Empire. Chapter 5: Ancient Egypt. Writing and Religion. Monumental Architecture. Sculpture and Painting. 6: The Aegean. Cycladic Civilization. Minoan Civilization. Mycenean Civilation. Chapter 7: Ancient Greece. Painting and Pottery. Mosaic. Sculpture. Classical Architecture. Late Classical Style. Hellentistic Period. Chapter 8: The Etruscans. Funerary Art. Chapter 9: Ancient Rome. Architectural Types. Sculptural Types. Mosaic and Mural Painting. Part 3: The Christian World. Chapter 10: Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Early Christian Art. Justinian and the Byzantine Style. Later Byzantine Developments. Chapter 11: The Early Middle Ages. Islamic Art. Northern European Art. Chapter 12: Romanesque Art. Historical Background. Pilgrimage Roads. Archicecture. Sculpture. Manuscripts. Mural Painting. Tapestry. Chapter 13: Gothic Art. Origins of the Gothic Style. Early Gothic Architecture: Saint-Denis. Elements of Gothic Architecture. The Age of Cathedrals: Chatres. Later Developments of the Gothic Style. Part 4: The Renaissance (Part contents).

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