Age of Discovery

Trans-continental travel and the enlightenment

Italian Renaissance

Cultural rebirth though intellectual inquiry

1350-1500

Ming Dynasty

Orderly government and social stability

1368-1644

Kingdom of Kongo

500 years of spirit objects and power plays

1390-1891

Northern Renaissance

How Humanism beats down Feudalism with the printing press

1420-1650

Kingdom of Benin

Sculpting divine history

1440-1897

Spanish Renaissance

Religion and the laws of perspective.

1492-1600

Mughal Art

Power, sophistication, luxury and might.

1500-1800

Mannerism

Tension, distortion and ice-cold style

1520-1600

Baroque

The drama of deep color and shadow

1600-1725

Edo Period

Art, culture, and NO OUTSIDERS

1603-1868

Qing Dynasty

Benevolent emperors and the height of literature and art

1644-1912

Academic Art

Allegory, craft, and the unrelenting dictatorship of the Academy

1661-1900

The Enlightenment

Dare to Know

1685-1815

Western Esoteric Art

The best truth is secret truth

1690-1947

Rococo

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

1715-1774

Neoclassicism

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

1760-1830
Next Era

Industrial Revolution

Mass production, the camera, and a return to nature

1800-1900

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