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DSST Art of the Western World Study Guide

Updated: Aug 18



Are you ready to take the Art of the Western World DSST Exam?


If so, we have a great study guide that will help you prepare!


This exam can be challenging, but with some preparation and this exam outline, you'll be ready to go.


Good luck!


Table of Contents

  1. Ancient World

  2. Middle Ages

  3. Renaissance

  4. Baroque

  5. Rococo and Neoclassicism

  6. Romanticism and Realism

  7. Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

  8. Early Twentieth Century

  9. Postwar to Postmodern

  10. Contemporary

  11. Conclusion

  12. Student Resources

  13. References


1. Ancient World


DSST Art of the Western World Exam Outline. Ancient World (14% - 16%)
Ancient World (14% - 16%)

  • 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


DSST Art of the Western World Exam Outline. Middle Ages (11% - 13%)
Middle Ages (11% - 13%)

  • 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.


3. Renaissance


DSST Art of the Western World Exam Outline. Renaissance (14-16%)
Renaissance (14-16%)

  • 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.


4. Baroque


DSST Art of the Western World Exam Outline. Baroque (9% - 11%)
Baroque (9% - 11%)

  • 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


DSST Art of the Western World Exam Outline. Rococo and Neoclassicism (8% - 10%)
Rococo and Neoclassicism (8% - 10%)

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


DSST Art of the Western World Exam Outline. Romanticism and Realism (7% - 9%)
Romanticism and Realism (7% - 9%)

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


DSST Art of the Western World Exam Outline. Impressionism and Post-Impressionism (7% - 9%)
Impressionism and Post-Impressionism (7% - 9%)

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


DSST Art of the Western World Exam Outline. Early Twentieth Century (11% – 13%)
Early Twentieth Century (11% – 13%)

Modern Art: This style rejected and challenged all styles that were considered traditional.


9. Postwar to Postmodern


DSST Art of the Western World Exam Outline. Postwar to Postmodern (5% - 7%)
Postwar to Postmodern (5% - 7%)

Abstract expressionism to pop art: This period questioned the underlying philosophy of modernism.


10. Contemporary


DSST Art of the Western World Exam Outline. Contemporary (4% - 6%)
Contemporary (4% - 6%)

Contemporary Art: Also known as modern art, this refers to art created during the current period.


11. Conclusion: DSST Art of the Western World


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13. References


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