Outline of Art History - Visual Arts Movements from 30,000 BC-400 AD

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Prehistory

Ancient Civilizations

Mesopotamia

  • Sumerian Art - 3000-2300 B.C.
  • Akkadian Art - 2300-2150 B.C.
  • Neo-Sumerian Art - 2150-2000 B.C.
  • Babylonian Art - 1900-1600 B.C.
  • Assyrian Art - 900-612 B.C.
  • Neo-Babylonian Art - 625-539 B.C.

    Egypt

    • Early Dynastic Art - 3500-2686 B.C.
    • Old Kingdom Art - 2686-2185 B.C.
    • Middle Kingdom Art - 2133-1750 B.C.
    • Early New Kingdom Art - 1570-1353 B.C.
    • Amarna Art - 1353-1332 B.C.
    • Late New Kingdom Art - 1332-1075 B.C.
    • Late Period Art - 750-332 B.C.
    • Macedonian Dynasty Art - 332-304 B.C.
    • Ptolemaic Dynasty Art - 304-30 B.C.

    The Cycladic Islands/Crete

    • Early Minoan Art - 2800-2000 B.C.
    • Middle Minoan Art - 2000-1700 B.C.
    • Late Minoan Art - 1550-1400 B.C.

    Phoenician Art - 1500-500 B.C.

    Nomadic Tribes

    • Luristan Art - 700-500 B.C.
    • Scythian Art - 600-300 B.C.

    Persian Empire Art - 539-331 B.C.

    Classical Civilizations

    Greek Art

    • Mycenaean Art - 1550-1200 B.C.
    • Sub-Mycenaean Art - 1100-1025 B.C.
    • Proto-Geometric Art - 1025-900 B.C.
    • Geometric Art - 900-700 B.C.
    • Archaic Art - 700-480 B.C.
    •    Orientalizing Phase - 735-650 B.C.
    •    Early Archaic - 700-600 B.C.
    •    High Archaic - 600-520 B.C.
    •    Late Archaic - 520-480 B.C.
    • Classical Art - 480-323 B.C.
    •    Early Classical - 480-450 B.C.
    •    High Classical - 450-400 B.C.
    •    Late Classical - 400-323 B.C.
    • Hellenistic Art - 323-31 B.C.
    •    Early Hellenistic - 323-250 B.C.
    •    High Hellenistic - 250-100 B.C.
    •    Late Hellenistic - 100 -31 B.C.

    Etruscan Art

    • Early Iron Age Art - 9th century-ca. 675 B.C.
    • Orientalizing Phase - ca. 675-ca. 575 B.C.
    • Archaic Period Art - ca. 575-ca. 480 B.C.
    • Classical Period Art - ca. 480-ca. 300 B.C.
    • Hellenistic Period Art - ca. 300-ca. 50 B.C.

    Roman Art

    • Republican Art - 510-27 B.C.
    • Early Roman Empire Art - 27 B.C.-235 A.D.
    •    Augustan - 27 B.C.-14 A.D.
    •    Julio-Claudian - 14-68
    •    Flavian - 69-96
    •    Trajanic - 98-117
    •    Hadrianic - 117-138
    •    Antonine - 138-192
    •    Severin - 193-235
    • Late Roman Empire/Late Antique Art - 235-476

    Judean Art - 600 B.C.-135 A.D.

    Celtic Art

    • Early Style - ca. 450-ca. 350 B.C.
    • Waldalgesheim Style - ca. 350-ca. 250 B.C.
    • Sword and Plastic Styles - ca. 250-ca. 125 B.C.
    • Oppida Period Art - ca. 125-ca. 50 B.C.
    • Britain and Ireland before 600 A.D.

    Parthian and Sassanidic Art - 238 B.C.-637 A.D.

    Non-Western Ancient Art

    China

    • Neolithic – ca. 6,000–ca. 1,600 B.C.
    • Shang Dynasty – 1,766–1,045 B.C.
    • Zhou Dynasty – 1,045–256 B.C.
    • Qin Dynasty – 221–206 B.C.
    • Han Dynasty – 206 B.C.–220 A.D.
    • Three Kingdoms Period – 220–280
    • Western Jin Dynasty – 265–316
    • Six Dynasties Period – 222–589
    • Northern and Southern Dynasties Period – 310–589

    Japan

    • Jomon – 4,500–200 B.C.
    • Yayoi – 200 B.C.–200 A.D.
    • Kofun – 200–500

    Indian Subcontinent

    • Indus Valley – 4,000–1,800 B.C.
    • Sarasvati-Sindhu Civilization - 3,000–1,500 B.C.
    • Aryan India - 1,500–500 B.C.
    • The Mauryan Empire - 321–233 B.C.
    • Gandhara and Kushan School – 1st–3rd centuries A.D.
    • The Gupta Dynasty - 320–510

    Africa

    • Rock Art in Southern Africa
    • Sahara - Bubalus Period – ca. 6,000–ca. 3,500 B.C.
    • Lower Nubia – ca. 3,500–2,000 B.C.
    • Kush – 2,000 B.C.–325 A.D.
    • Pre-dynastic Kemet – to 3,050 B.C.
    • The Nok Culture - 400 B.C.–200 A.D.
    • Aksum - 350 B.C.–1,000 A.D.

    North America

    Mexico

    •    Olmec Art - 1,200–350 B.C.
    •    Zapotec Art – 1,400 B.C.–400 A.D.
    •    Huastec Art - ca. 1000 B.C.-1521 A.D.
    •    Mayan Art - 300 B.C.–800 A.D.

    South America

    • Valdivian Art - ca. 4,000-ca. 1,500 B.C.
    • Chavin Art - ca. 2,600-ca. 200 B.C.
    • San Agustin - ca. 800 B.C.-ca. 1630 A.D.
    • Moche and Nasca Art - ca. 200 B.C.-ca. 600 A.D.
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