Art Through the Ages – Part 2
Our journey through time to venture into every art era that has ever been, started with the Stone Age, went through the Greek period, and finished with the Byzantine & Islamic eras. In this blog we understand more about Gothic and Celtic art as well as the Renaissance period where great luminaries of the art world were born.
Middle Ages – 500AD – 1400AD
The Middle Ages was the time that the Gothic and Celtic art styles lived, most of the fine and intricate Gothic religious building were created at this time, with a fine example being Notre Dame in Paris. The Middle Ages was also a dark period in time, it was home to the Black Plague and the ravages of the Crusades. And much of the art created during this period had religious overtones of one description or the other.
Early & High Renaissance – 1400AD – 1550AD
Renaissance means rebirth, which accurately describes this art era to a tee. The Renaissance was a revolution after the dark days of the Middle Ages, it was an artistic and cultural rebirth of intellect, art, and philosophy. Art and music thrived during the Renaissance period and it spawned some of the greats that have ever created art. Grand masters of painting and composing such as Donatello, Michelangelo and Da Vinci created some of the finest art and music known to mankind. Nothing had ever been experienced like it ever before and it would set the bar for all art that followed.
Venetian and Northern Renaissance – 1430AD – 1550AD
This was the period that the Renaissance spread its wings and flourished from Italy, to Germany, France and other northern European countries. Artists such as Bosch, Bellini, Jan van Eyck thrived during this creative era.
Baroque – 1600AD – 1750AD
Another highly religious era that saw many conflicts across Europe with the Catholics and Protestants including the Thirty Years War. The Baroque era produced some very dark and moody art forms which focused on subject and dark colors. The architecture constructed during this period was highly intricate and ornate, the Palace at Versailles is a perfect example of this period. The music of the day reflected the architecture in its frills and ostentation.
Neoclassical – 1750AD – 1850AD
A rich period in art and philosophy, Neoclassical art toned down the extremities of what Baroque had suggested but still skillfully captured the best of the Greco-Roman art periods. It was a time in the world when science was overlapping religion and the resultant change in thought and culture was a major influence on the art of the era. Well known painters at the time were Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Jacques-Louis David. The Neoclassical era was like a breath of fresh air after Baroque, and in many ways, it was an Age of Enlightenment. In the concluding part of art through the ages we go back to the future to the great eras of Romanticism, and Realism, then go off piste during Impressionism and travel well outside the box studying with Dada and Surrealism. Famous artists such as Dali and Magritte were producing art that had never been dreamed about before.