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Prehistory — The foggy years before written history
The mysterious line between pre human and post human
40000 BCE-10000 BCE
Tools, livestock, farming — and big, big rocks
12000 BCE-2000 BCE
A new metal catapults humanity out of the stone age
3200 BCE-600 BCE
When you have iron you have power
1200 BCE-800 CE
Ancient World — The invention of writing to the fall of Rome
Super power of all super powers.
4000 BCE-30 BCE
Poetry, war, and the invention of law
3500 BCE-1000 BCE
The lost faces of the ancient world
3000 BCE-1200 BCE
Three dynasties birth Chinese art and philosophy.
2070 BCE-256 BCE
800 BCE-31 BCE
A mysteriously happy people at the fringes of the classical world
768 BCE-100 BCE
The roads make the empire
753 BCE-530 CE
Death & Gold
800 BCE-43 CE
When India held the largest economy in the world for 1500 years
230 BCE-550 CE
The warlike tribes of ancient Spain
600 BCE-500 CE
Kingdom of Kush
A Nubian Empire rivals Egypt for 1000 years
2000 BCE-400 CE
Middle Ages — Feudalism and the rise of organized religion
The proliferation of Christian art
Religion, feudalism and lots of gold leaf.
Medieval Persian Art
Persia brings a wealth of art, poetry, and mysticism to Islam.
Islamic Dynastic Art
When you don't paint people, things get beautifully, powerfully decorative.
Wolves among sheep
The God-kings and stone cities of Cambodia
The race for height
Finding the sublime in nature's power
Age of Discovery — Trans-continental travel and the enlightenment
Cultural rebirth though intellectual inquiry
How Humanism beats down Feudalism with the printing press
Religion and the laws of perspective.
Power, sophistication, luxury and might.
Tension, distortion and ice-cold style
Art, culture, and NO OUTSIDERS
Benevolent emperors and the height of literature and art
Dare to Know
Western Esoteric Art
The best truth is secret truth
The drama of deep color and shadow
Allegory, craft, and the unrelenting dictatorship of the Academy
Opulent, playful embrace of the ornate — 18th century swag.
Classical imagery, democratic ideals, and the bloody hands of change.
Orderly government and social stability
Kingdom of Kongo
500 years of spirit objects and power plays
Industrial Revolution — Mass production, the camera, and a return to nature
Artistic revolt against the Age of Enlightenment
A small village in France, a gathering of artists.
Love-lorn teenagers drag art back to the future
Hudson River School
An American fraternity of mountain worshipers
Nature's pencil: light!
Truth, accuracy, and the absence of personal bias
The end of feudalism begins with the search for knowledge
Light and movement as the crux of human perception
Beyond nature, toward emotional simplicity.
Tradition be damned.
Modernism — World wars and the rejection of tradition
"To every age its art. To art its freedom."
Out with the old, in with the sexy
A mystic search for meaning and psychological truth.
"A pot of paint has been flung in the face of the public"
A more authentic, anxious, and grotesque reality
Blood, speed and violence.
"We only wanted to express what was in us..."
Taking refuge in the square.
Dada is anti-dada!
The art of the perfectly straight line
Art should only serve society.
Art created without reason, aesthetics or morality.
Geometry, ornamentation, and lots and lots of money
What you see is what you see
It's not a picture, it's an event
Colonialism vs Tradition
Realism as a weapon
For those who didn't like the Modern.
An explosion of black culture in America
Zaire School of Popular Painting
Art as history, protest and education in the DRC
Open the rocks to discover the fruit inside