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Roman architecture often used concrete, and features such as the round arch and dome were invented. Luxury objects in metal-work, gem engraving, ivory carvings, and glass are sometimes considered in modern terms to be minor forms of Roman art, although this would not necessarily have been the case for contemporaries. An innovation made possible by the Roman development of glass-blowing was cameo glass. A white ‘shell’ was first created, into which coloured glass was then blown so as to produce an interior lining. The white shell was then cut down to create relief patterns of white against a darker background. They also made mosaics, this way producing durable pictoral art with cut-stone cubes and/or chips of coloured terracotta and glass.

It was during this period that the Catholic Counter-Reformation got going in an attempt to attract the masses away from Protestantism. Renewed patronage of the visual arts and architecture was a key feature of this propaganda campaign, and led to a grander, more theatrical style in both areas. This new style, known as Baroque art was effectively the highpoint of dramatic Mannerism.

Project Space – a multi-purpose space in the School designed for the development of curatorial practice and visiting exhibitions. For further information on the specifics of the course and admissions criteria please see the page aboutHistory of Art on the University website. Alongside our lecture and seminar programmes, we run a series of events and workshops specifically aimed to help students prepare for their future directions. Our reading list includes work by Jean-Luc Nancy, Theodor W Adorno, Jacques Derrida, Stanley Cavell, Roland Barthes and Michel Foucault. Two paradigms that have emerged in recent decades for thinking through the multifarious facets of display are archive and spectacle. These two paradigms – and their complex intertwining – express the mechanism by which a thing is attributed a value and/or made visible through, perhaps inevitably, the exercise of power.

Early 20th Century

Despite being one of the longest continuous traditions of art in the world, dating back at least fifty millennia, it remained relatively unknown until the second half of the 20th century. The Warring States period was ended by Qinshi Huangdi, who united China in 221 BC. Another huge project was a predecessor of the Great Wall, erected for rejecting pillaging tribes from the north. After the death of the emperor, his dynasty, the Qin (221–206 BC), lasted only three years.

  • The artistic remains of the region show a remarkable combinations of influences that exemplify the multicultural nature of Central Asian society.
  • If you would like to learn more about our History of Art, Materials and Technology degree, please watch this short film.
  • The history of 20th-century art is a narrative of endless possibilities and the search for new standards, each being torn down in succession by the next.
  • We do not take for granted that ‘art’ has been understood in the same way around the world through time.

It depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England with protagonists William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings. It tells the story from the point of view of the conquering Normans, but is now agreed to have been made in England most likely by women, although the designer is unknown. During the later eleventh and twelfth centuries, the great age of Western monasticism, Europe experienced unprecedented economic, social and political change, leading to burgeoning wealth among landowners, including monasteries.

1600 Renaissance Art

Art created in the modern era, in fact, has often been an attempt to generate feelings of national superiority or love of one’s country. Russian art is an especially good example of this, as the Russian avant-garde and later Soviet art were attempts to define that country’s identity. While personal reminiscences of art and artists have long been written and read , it was Giorgio Vasari, the Tuscan painter, sculptor and author of the Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, who wrote the first true history of art. He emphasized art’s progression and development, which was a milestone in this field. His was a personal and a historical account, featuring biographies of individual Italian artists, many of whom were his contemporaries and personal acquaintances. The most renowned of these was Michelangelo, and Vasari’s account is enlightening, though biased in places.

The art of ancient and medieval Central Asia reflects the rich history of this vast area, home to a huge variety of peoples, religions and ways of life. The artistic remains of the region show a remarkable combinations of influences that exemplify the multicultural nature of Central Asian society. The Silk Road transmission of art, Scythian art, Greco-Buddhist art, Serindian art and more recently Persianate culture, are all part of this complicated history. Central Asia has always been a crossroads of cultural exchange, the hub of the so-called Silk Road – that complex system of trade routes stretching from China to the Mediterranean.

The few who did succeed were treated as anomalies and did not provide a model for subsequent success. Griselda Pollock is another prominent feminist art historian, whose use of psychoanalytic theory is described above. The history of 20th-century art is a narrative of endless possibilities and the search for new standards, each being torn down in succession by the next. The art movements of Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, abstract art, Dadaism and Surrealism led to further explorations of new creative styles and manners of expression.


Many of our recent graduates are now working as curators and exhibition managers with employers including Tate Modern, theV&A Museum and Edinburgh Castle, while others enter creative fields such as journalism and marketing. A unique research and teaching facility for the investigation of materials and artifacts, with a focus on material culture and conservation. Learn more about the history of the department at UCL, which dates back to the 19th Century. Arnold Hauser wrote the first Marxist survey of Western Art, entitled The Social History of Art. He attempted to show how class consciousness was reflected in major art periods. The book was controversial when published during the 1950s since it makes generalizations about entire eras, a strategy now called “vulgar Marxism”.

We use a range of teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from the expertise of your tutors. These will include lectures, seminars, screenings, tutorials, workshops and field trips. You’ll also be able to attend talks by visiting artists and speakers, as well as workshops, conferences, exhibitions both on and off campus. Compulsory modules will deepen your understanding of the complex relationship between art and society, and encourage you to think critically and analytically about works of art. If invited for interview, applicants will also be asked to sit a one-hour writtenadmissions assessment.

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