STYLISTIC EVOLUTION

So far in this course, we have discussed issues relative to individual artists and individual works of art. At this point, it is important to return to the concept of the Geist, the spirit of the times these works reflect. Art History is a discipline dedicated to the study of the social, economic, and political influences on the evolution of artistic styles across geographic and temporal boundaries. Without such a basis for study, the work of art could only be discussed in respect to the elements of design and composition. In this last section of the course, we will use the vocabularies and critical methodologies already introduced to define the artists’ and art works’ cultural contexts.