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Timeline of Art History

Humans have been creating objects of meaning since the Upper Paleolithic era, 40,000 years ago. Art history is the record of human creativity from the first stone tools to today. To break it down, we’ve divided history into six chapters. 

Prehistory

40000 BCE — 3000 BCE

The Ancient World

3000 BCE — 500

Middle Ages

500 — 1400

Age of Discovery

1400 — 1800

Industrial Revolution

1800 — 1900

Modernism

1870 — 1960