Painting Styles Through the Ages

Art is timeless. Through the ages, we have changed how we use art to depict our lives, our thoughts and our feelings. Having the knowledge of how painting styles have changed throughout history gives the the building blocks to create something new in this moment.

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Take a visual trip learning about painting styles through the ages with the help of The Glibatree Art Designer, powered by Customized GPT4 and DALL-E. This DodecaLearn course teaches us about the painting styles in a variety of time periods from Prehistoric Cave Paintings to Abstract Expressionism. Using the subject of a “painting of a tree that is vibrant and healthy and gives off the vibe of strength, integrity and generosity, let’s explore how painting styles have changed through time. Let’s start with a rendition of our subject without giving specific style instructions. Our Art Designer renders an oil painting:

Let’s travel back in time to Egypt and the time of the Pharaohs. In the lesson, Immortalizing Pharaohs: Unveiling the Mysteries of Egyptian Tomb Paintings, we learn that symbolism was very important and a key component of the tomb paintings. Let’s look at our tree in the style of an Egyptian Tomb Painting:

Let’s travel forward in time to the time of the Roman Empire. The lesson, Power and Glory: An Exploration of Roman Mural Art, tells us about the Pompeian tradition of murals that were preserved under the ash of Mount Vesuvius. This mural style is is characterized by elaborate architectural elements, rich use of color and intricate detailing. Our tree is changing with the times:

The Orthodox Church in the Byzantine Empire was a powerful institution and shaped the art style of the period. The lesson, Icons and Identities: The Role of Religious Imagery in Byzantine Art, gives us an insight to the time period and it’s art styles. Their artwork focused on religious images representing holy figures utilizing rich colors and intricate detailing. Our tree is evolving:

As we leave the middle ages behind, the Renaissance period brings new techniques to European art. The lesson, Masters of the Renaissance: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, discusses some of the most famous artists of the period. Our tree is entering the modern era:

The realism of the Renaissance Period gives way to the Impressionists, epitomized by Monet and Renoir. The lesson, Impressionism: Painting the Transient Light, gives us some details about how this style of painting transforms our understanding of art. Our tree is turning a bit fanciful:

We will end our journey with Abstract Impressionism. To learn more about this style, check out our lesson: Abstract Expressionism: The Triumph of Individuality and Emotion. In the aftermath of World War II and the growing influence of America in the art world, the focus on emotion and experiences launched a new phase of non-representational art forms. Is our tree still a tree?

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