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Friday, March 9, 2012

Art History 101

Lately I have really felt the need to delve into history. Modern history is where most of my gaps are, because I have always had an avid interest in ancient history. So I have been on the prowl for some good books to give me a good overview of history in general. I was speaking with a friend about this desire I have and she asked me if I had ever looked into Art History? Now the closest thing I could think of to me looking into Art History was watching Julia Roberts teach it in Mona Lisa Smile. My friend had actually gone to university and had been pursuing Art History as her major in life until she had a personal crisis and had to quit. She said some things that really stuck with me though. ``The only thing we really know about history is through the art that we find``. Also you get a very unbiased view of what was going on during a particular time in history because you are looking at history through a common artists eyes. In photography I like to think of myself as artistic and to one day feel confident in saying I am an artist, and looking at so much art throughout history and how it grew is making me have a much deeper appreciation for art. My friend gave me a book, so thick it could be a booster seat for any child at a table, called ``Art through the ages``. I have been treating it like my very own university course ever since. It has amazed me to see how not only sculpture, pottery, and paint were art forms that could teach you so much about what a civilization was thinking about at the time, but also how architecture, and floor plans can all be considered art. It is really the most interesting way to get an overview of history. So with that being said I am going to start sharing some of the interesting pieces of art that I come across and study with all of you. Looking deeper at each piece and comparing it to other civilizations and influences really shows you how art grows and how much there is to see in art that we may not take the time to stop and look at. So stay tuned!

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