History of Art – Past, Present, and Future
Art is a broad collection of human endeavors involving physical, visual, verbal, or non-verbal communication, with an emphasis on the creative impulse to exhibit aesthetic beauty, verbal skill, strength, emotional energy, or other emotional concepts. The history of art can be traced as far back as the ancient world, and its development relates primarily to human interaction with the environment and its resources. Art has often been called ‘theesthetic’, ‘the representation of the self’ or ‘theoria’. It has been used to interpret the natural world, to decorate interior spaces and exude aesthetic appeal, and to create dramatic and other artistic expressions.
In the modern era art is often used to participate in and influence culture. Modern art historians continue to debate the definition and boundaries of art, especially considering the impact of new technology and new media on the creation and meaning of art. The visual and performing arts have grown in both importance and impact since the mid-nineteenth century, when the French Renaissance began to promote the study and appreciation of the visual arts. Art had always existed as an expression of the human experience, but through the new mediums of the visual arts, artists were able to articulate and express feelings in unique and powerful ways. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, a trend towards rationalism began to shape the attitude towards art, and while art is still largely debated among academics, much of the social significance and debate regarding art has declined.
Art continues to represent an important part of the history of humanity. Through all history art has had profound influences and effects on thought, emotions, behavior, society, and culture. Art continues to challenge conventional wisdom, and is an avenue for artists to speak and express themselves. There is no denying that art appreciation continue to increase in interest and popularity throughout the world. Art is not only a form of expression; it is also an important part of culture and has a direct effect on how people interact with each other, and how society operates. In the modern age art has achieved worldwide popularity and is celebrated in museums, galleries, television studios, and on wall and floor tiles throughout the world.