What exactly study Art History?
Art History is a discipline of social science that studies the evolution of art over time. Center this studies on the analysis of artistic expressions of man across the different periods of the humankind existence and how this one represented their particular vision of the world around it through different techniques and artistic manifestations. Art History as science allows studies about different cultures be classified and establishes encyclopedic knowledge about how they manifest in each of the historical periods, determining the characteristics that make them distinctive.
This science is also a result of a tight relationship and collaboration between different multidisciplinary sciences. The support Art History receive from various disciplines and a new increasing number of modern sophisticated techniques result in a more complete and accurate study of the artistic manifestations to whom is devoted to, among of which are: sculpture, architecture, painting, ceramics, music, textiles, metalwork, glass making and others although the ranges that it is reached currently go beyond the so called fine arts.
Each of the collaborating sciences brings its particular contribution to the vision of the events that shaped the artistic legacy of man through times, among them are: Archaeology, Anthropology, Chemistry, Geology, History, Biology, and Architecture and many others the Art History Sciences most trustworthy on.
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Acquiring updated information continuously about the artistic legacy of humankind through times helps us today to better understand the beauty and value of our ancestor’s artistic works and also to analyze the level of complexity with which were made and their relationship with their historical, religious, philosophical, and social context.
The study of the artists or craftsmen skills levels in each culture; also contribute to understand the influences they received from other previous or contemporary cultures and how these skills influenced in turn those of their own descendants. Undeniable these influences passed throughout the centuries had determined the way things are designed today not only artistically but also those that are made with practical functions.
The artifact outside of a proper context that encompasses others very important factors for human beings, limited the appreciation of the real value, they can seem even beautiful or well finishes but without the history that surrounds them cannot been assessed really their value with integrity. Art had essentially elitist character for most of the humankind history and was accessed only for the wealthy classes for a long time; it is very recently that these works of art are acquiring the importance they really have in the eyes of the general masses.
Art enjoy today with an extensive network of study, dissemination, and preservation of the entire artistic legacy produced by mankind throughout its history. There is still a lot to do to increase conciseness for the preservation of historic sites and artifacts and protect them from vandalism and looting.
From the 20th century had proliferate many institutions, foundations, museums and galleries, public and private, dedicated to the analysis and cataloging of the works of art as well as their exposure in a proper manner to the general public with different topics which are not limited only by the so-called fine arts.
It should be noted that the rise of the media and the range of different population social stratus riches by them has been very important to propagate the messages about the need to study and preserve art and artifacts in our days. This essential labor had contributed to the proliferation of new artists and aesthetic forms that show us nevertheless their tie relation to the cultural heritage of the past. The new technical and artistic possibilities of expression they are actually developing will be study for future generations as well.
In one way or another art has become more accessible to the masses and the influence of these artistic works from the pass can be seen in countless forms of expression or design tendencies of the current artist. Lovers of art and history in general increase today the number of internet pages dedicated to carry the message of art through a huge number of them whose topics are as diverse as the art itself is.
To know how and where humankind must guide their future, we need to learn about Art History and our past treasures, take from this wise flow of information the necessary inspiration to increase the spiritual enrichment of the present and future generations.
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