History of Art

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There are many different styles of art. Today, all types of visual culture are thought of as art, for example painting, sculpture, graffiti, photography etc. However, this was not always the case.

Up to the end of the Middle Ages, art was thought about very differently. The value of the material used in the piece of art was important. The use of the piece of art was also very important, for example a Gospel book or a brooch. In those days, the name of the artist was rarely recorded.

In the later Middle Ages, the Renaissance began in Europe. This was the beginning of the idea of 'fine art'. People began to judge art by the artist's skills. The value of the materials used became less important. Picture painting and sculpture became the most popular form of art into the 20th century.

Today, any material at all can be used to make art. There has also been a huge growth in digital art. This includes photography, videos and films, animation etc. Many art galleries and museums today include new forms of art in their collections.

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