Works of art have existed for nearly as long as humankind. It is difficult to say when the first artwork was created since time has undoubtedly destroyed many of these early endeavors. But what we do know with certainty is that humans have an innate ability to create. They express themselves through works of art – what they value, how they feel, the personal sense of self that is unique to each individual. The result is an aesthetic experience that provides the artist with a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. Since the creation of art involves an emotional response to the particular cultural context in which an individual lives, I like to consider the study of art history as the study of the human condition throughout the ages. In a sense, it is a study of what it means to be human.
The Art History ARTicles are my way of sharing my love and knowledge of art history with others. My intention is for the ARTicles to be a top notch web resource for members of all ethnic groups, interests and knowledge levels for learning about and discussing the history of art worldwide. In my mind, there is no type of art that is without merit. I hope that you will find the study of art history as inspiring and fulfilling as it has been for me.
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Diana Blake is a professional artist and art history enthusiast. Her fascination with art history began when she encountered European art firsthand during several trips abroad as a young adult. As she began to compose a portfolio for her own art career, she called upon what she had seen in Europe and extended her knowledge to other styles of art through profuse reading and exhaustive research. As a result, Diana has written more than one hundred articles in which she delves into a variety of art history topics and she has compiled a list of links that she believes to be invaluable for art history enthusiasts. In addition, she also reviews books and movies on the topic of art history and has assembled an extensive list of online stores that sell books, movies and gift items related to art history.
You can see Diana's own artwork by visiting her site at www.dianablake.net.