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DSST Art of the Western World Exam Outline
Updated: Mar 16
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1. Ancient World
Ancient Near East: The Archaic style was more naturalistic, reflecting significant influences from the Near East and Egypt.
Egypt: Art symbolizes images ranging from the pharaoh's regalia to the individual symbols of Egyptian gods and goddesses.
Greece: Oriental Motifs influenced the Greeks, and their art was transformed.
Rome: Roman people were interested in portraiture, making statues resembling one person, especially a famous person.
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2. Middle Ages
Early Christian, Byzantine, and Romanesque: The Early Middle Ages span from the fall of the Roman Empire in 300 AD to the beginning of the Renaissance in 1400 AD.
Romanesque and Gothic art: Also known as medieval art.
Gothic: The Gothic style was developed in the middle of the twelfth century and is named after the Goths who ruled France.
15th Century Italy: Artists depicted the real world more naturally; classical antiquity served as their models.
15th Century Northern Europe: The philosophical grounds for a lot of science, music, and art was influenced by humanism.
16th Century Italy: Themes from mythology and other historical events became the focus.
16th Century Northern Europe: Much of the art's focus shifted to more genre and landscape painting.
Italy, France & Spain: The emotional complexities of the Catholic faith were reaffirmed, and the power and influence of both the church and monarchy were glorified.
Holland & Flanders: The style was characterized by secular genres such as still life, genre paintings of everyday scenes, and landscape painting.
5. Rococo and Neoclassicism
1760-1850: Rococo was a decorative art style that was fanciful and light-hearted, while Neoclassicism was a more severe and gallant style that was more prominent in architecture.
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6. Romanticism and Realism
Realism: The actual and naturalism in the scientific laws.
Romanticism: Seeks to find the Absolute, the Ideal, by transcending the actual.
7. Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
The late 19th century: In France, artists favored landscapes and scenes of modern life over past art or historical and mythological narratives.
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8. Early Twentieth Century
Modern Art: This style rejected and challenged all styles that were considered traditional.
9. Postwar to Postmodern
Abstract expressionism to pop art: This period questioned the underlying philosophy of modernism.
Contemporary Art: Also known as modern art, this refers to art created during the current period.
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