Art History

April 10, 2018

The Evolution of Hyperrealism: From Religious Paintings to Simulated Reality

As with any artistic movement, the evolution of Hyperrealism can only be told in relation to the other influential art styles that preceded it. Hyperrealism traces its roots back through Photorealism, and Realism before that, sharing many of the same artistic traits, yet, its own distinct individual style. The rise of Hyperrealism correlates with the development of photography.

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April 1, 2018

How Museums Evolved Over Time From Private Collections to Modern Institutions

Doubling as educational hubs and conservation centers, museums play a pivotal role in the preservation of culture. While these institutions range in size and speciality, each museum's mission revolves around the display and care of its collection, which often comprises art, artifacts, and other objects. Today, many museums are among the most visited sites in the world.

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March 23, 2018

How the Development of the Camera Changed Our World

These days, thanks to smartphones, almost everyone has a camera with them at any given moment. And, there is no doubt about the impact of photography on the entire world. Rewinding time, before selfies were a cultural norm, before geniuses like Cindy Sherman and Andrea Gursky elevated photography to an art form, someone had to invent this piece of technology. So, who invented the camera?

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March 12, 2018

How Illuminated Manuscripts Were Created During the Middle Ages

In an increasingly paperless world, it's easy to forget books were once precious objects that were works of art unto themselves. Long before the industrial printing press, hand-crafted manuscripts were painstakingly precise pieces of art that catered to an elite society where only a precious few could read. Now, the Getty Museum reminds us of the incredible process that went into creating these medieval illuminated manuscripts.

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