This lesson will introduce the discipline of art history and present a few models for understanding its overall development.
Pliny the Elder, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Grande_Illustrazione_del_Lombardo_Veneto_Vol_3_Plinio_Secondo_300dpi.jpg, Petrarch, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Francesco_Petrarch_by_Justo_de_Gante.jpg, Vasari, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Vasari, Wincklemann, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Johann_Joachim_Winckelmann_(Angelika_Kaufmann).jpg
The academic study of the history and development of the visual arts.
The set of rules or philosophy that informs one's approach to understanding art history.
A Roman author and natural historian who included some of the earliest recorded historical descriptions of works of art in his writings.
An architect and artist whose Lives of the Artists was the most influential text of the Italian Renaissance.
An 18th century German scholar who was the first to propose that works of art be analyzed as the products of the culture and time in which they were produced.