Art History

The study of the visual arts from a historical perspective.

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art history
history, art
history of art
kunstgeschiedenis Dutch
kunsthistorie Dutch
histoire de l'art French
Kunstgeschichte German
storia dell'arte Italian
historia del arte Spanish
konsthistoria Swedish

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Study of the visual arts within a historical framework, from from prehistory to the present, including stylistic development, use of art in communication and decoration, and the aesthetic and intellectual value of art. It first became a dedicated field of study in the 19th century Western world.

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  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300054233. The J. Paul Getty Trust.