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capsule history of western art

The Capsule History of Western Art is a set of three tables consisting of and interrelating artists, their works, and the art movements whose principles the works embrace and incorporate.

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about the capsule history of western art

The purpose of the Capsule History is to provide a concise introduction and orientation to Western art by identifying and interrelating prominent or significant artists, their works, and movements extant in the Western fine arts tradition. The goal is to relate artists who have practiced in this tradition to their works, and to relate their works to the arts movements that inspired them.

By no means is the Capsule History exhaustive; only the most prominent and representative artists, works, and movements are included. Since the purpose of the Capsule History is to orient visitors, The Muse Of Fine Arts believes that it will accomplish its objective best if it remains at this level of detail.

The History's current scope is deliberately limited to painters, paintings, and to movements that germinated paintings. The Muse Of Fine Arts will widen the History's scope later by adding artists, works, and media such as sculpture, photography, and architecture.

about the three tables

The Capsule History of Western Art is comprised of three interrelated tables: 1) the Works Table, 2) the Art Movements Table, and 3) the Artists Table:


about the classification of artists, art movements, and their works

In the arts, a movement is a diffusely organized or heterogeneous group of people or organizations tending toward or favoring a generalized common goal or set of principles. Relating artists, works, and movements is a classification process in which an artist or work is judged to be representative of or to belong to this abstraction.


the Fine Arts Glossary

The Muse Of Fine Arts is pleased to offer this automated glossary of fine arts terminology. It's a bounty of basic information about the fine arts which it presents in a simple, direct, and clear manner. It contains over 500 important terms drawn from a variety of the fine arts, with definitions that are packed with interesting and informative content.

  • First visit the page called the Fine Arts Glossary, where the glossary is explained. From there, visit the Glossary and look up fine arts words 'til you bust! click here.

technical aspects of the fine arts

In their classical definition, the fields of fine art are primarily visual; they include painting, sculpture, drawing, watercolor, graphics, and architecture. Yet today there are more kinds of fine art than every before, many of which mitigate or completely dissolve barriers that in the past restricted the sensory appeal of fine art to the eyes at the expense of the other four senses.

  • Learn more! Explore the fine arts from a technical point of view: click here.

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