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Histories of Art
Overview of Prehistoric
Overview of Africa
Overview of Americas to 1900
North America to 1500
North America 1500 – 1900
South America to 1500
South America 1500 – 1900
Overview of Asia
Hinduism and Buddhism
Overview of Ancient Mediterranean
Ancient Near East
Medieval Europe & Byzantine
Overview of Medieval Europe + Byzantium
A beginner’s guide
Christianity and art
Judaism and art
The medieval book
The Islamic World
Overview of the Islamic World
Overview of Europe 1300 – 1800
Italy: 14th century
Italy: 15th century
Italy: 16th century
Northern Europe: 15th century
Northen Europe: 16th century
Spain: 15th and 16th century
Reformation and Counter-Reformation
Baroque: 17th century
Rococo: early to mid 18th century
Neoclassicism: late 18th century
British: 18th century
Overview of Europe: 19th century
Symbolism / Art Nouveau
Overview of Oceania
Overview of Modernisms 1900 – 1980
A beginner’s guide
Fauvism + Expressionism
Cubism + Early Abstraction
Dada + Surrealism
German art between the wars
Latin American modernism
American art to WWII
Postwar American art
Postwar European art
Conceptual + Performance art
Architecture + Design
Global cultures 1980 to now
Overview of Global Cultures 1980 – now
Appropriation and ideological critique
Identity and the body
Banality and kitsch
Ritual, spirituality and transcendence
Histories real and imagined
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Looking at art
art allows us to see through the eyes of others
Approaches to art history
in our visual world, studying art’s history couldn’t be more important
Understanding religion in art
for millennia, images have acted as a bridge to the invisible and transcendent
History and interpretation
For the very beginner
a series of fun (and funny) animations
distributing knowledge for free
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AP® Art History (vol. 1)
AP® Art History (vol. 2)
Ancient Near Eastern art
from Sumer to Persia
Ancient Egyptian Art
from the Old Kingdom to the Ptolemies
Ancient Aegean Art
Minoan, Cycladic and Mycenaean
Ancient Etruscan and Roman art
from the Etruscans to the fall of the Roman Empire
Courses and syllabi
short and long guided tours through art’s history
Bringing the long history of the United States to life.
At Risk Cultural Heritage Series: Many regions of the world struggle to protect cultural heritage in the face of numerous challenges.
Syllabi, AP and A-level art history
for the classroom
This course is about you, and your interaction with art.
millions visit museums every year. Why do we do it?
learn about a period or topic in art history in less than 2 hours
Creating + conserving
The materials and techniques used by artists, and the work of conservation.
Video creation guide
expanding the boundaries of art history in the classroom
a global, interconnected world is not as recent as we think
Expanding the Renaissance initiative
highlighting overlooked subjects, materials, artists, groups, and locales
Art by location
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Content editors and contributors
A Smarthistory timeline
Board of Advisors and Board of Trustees
Bringing the long history of the United States to life—using works of art as primary sources.
A mini-course on endangered cultural heritage around the globe
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Seeing America – Theme: Geography and Environment
Building the American dream in the California desert.
Desert to Suburb, framing the American Dream
Native American artist Jaune Quick-To-See Smith suggests that thinking about our history in a different way helps us rethink our present.
What’s in a map? Reading the United ...
Business or pleasure? Watkins could photograph both beautifully.
The business (and art) of seeing the ...
An[...] interpretation of the sensations produced by the confusion of the streets. —Joseph Stella
Celebrating the modern city
Can the commonplace working farmland of California's Sacramento River Valley be a place of of breathtaking beauty?
The landscape remade, Thiebaud’s
Ponds and Streams
Think you procrastinate? Wright blew this project off for 9 months, then designed his most famous house in 2 hours.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater
Captured here in paint, this grand Californian landscape would soon disappear under water.
Hetch Hetchy, Yosemite, and the battle for ...
A viewing station for sunrise and sunset, Turrell’s work manipulates light, time, and perception.
Light, time, and transcendence in James Turrell’s ...
Drought and rain govern when this work of art in Utah’s Great Salt Lake can be seen.
Transforming and honoring the environment at
The Yup’ik peoples, in one of the world’s coldest climates, made these ceremonial masks during the long winters.
Embodying the forces of nature: the North ...
In order to capture the beauty of America’s national parks, Brown faced the prejudices of the lawless West.
“Leave it as it is”: Yellowstone and ...
To bring “polite sociability” to the city, designers blended nature’s greatest hits into one ambitious park.
A breath of fresh air: industrialization and ...
Many interpretations have been proposed for this mound in modern-day Ohio—examine the clues and see what you think.
Uncoiling the cosmology of the ancient Americas ...
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