Trivium Art History
Trivium Art History

Age of Discovery

1300 — 1850

Trans-continental travel and the enlightenment

As people groups in both Europe and Asia became proficient in shipbuilding and navigation they started to explore. Slowly this exploration lead to new worlds, new civilizations, new flora and fauna, new animals. This spirit of exploration lead to centuries of inquiry into the unknown.  To organize and make sense of these new ideas scientific thought was born. How do the world and the worlds in the heavens work? How do the winds blow? Are we are or are we not the center of the universe?

To answer these questions you need a new language a language not based on myth, superstition, or even human intuition. What you need is Math and measurement tools that can expose how gravity actually works not how you think it works. Late Renaissance mathematicians like Copernicus used math to prove that the earth was round years before explorers proved it true by actually sailing around it. The age of discovery needed was an age of actually exploring new world but also exploring new ways of describing the universe and the world we live in.  There is a direct link to the age of discovery and our contemporary culture. We are direct descendants of this inquiry and exploration.  Our modern world, its government, its civic life, and its education is built on its principals.

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Italian Renaissance

Italian Renaissance — Cultural rebirth though intellectual inquiry

Ming Dynasty

Ming Dynasty — "One of the greatest eras of orderly government and social stability in human history"

Kingdom of Kongo

Kingdom of Kongo — 500 years of spirit objects and power plays

Northern Renaissance

Northern Renaissance — How Humanism beats down Feudalism with the printing press

Spanish Renaissance

Spanish Renaissance — Religion and the laws of perspective.

Mughal Art

Mughal Art — Power, sophistication, luxury and might.


Mannerism — Tension, distortion and ice-cold style


Baroque — The drama of deep color and shadow

Edo Period

Edo Period — Art, culture, and NO OUTSIDERS

Qing Dynasty

Qing Dynasty — Benevolent emperors and the height of literature and art

Academic Art

Academic Art — Allegory, craft, and the unrelenting dictatorship of the Academy

The Enlightenment

The Enlightenment — Dare to Know

Western Esoteric Art

Western Esoteric Art — The best truth is secret truth


Rococo — Opulent, playful embrace of the ornate — 18th century swag.


Neoclassicism — Classical imagery, democratic ideals, and the bloody hands of change.