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art history

noun

the academic study of the history and development of the visual arts

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  • Cannot fail to be of the utmost use to students of art history.

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    Julius Beerbohm
  • Second, it reverses the usual process of art history—it tells why, not how, man constructs works of art.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • The art history of Rome is as distinct from that of the rest of Italy as is its social, its religious, or its political history.

    Rome Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
  • Looking at the art history of Florence we see that Dolci came very late into the world.

    Carlo Dolci George Hay
  • In conformity to custom, I call this part of the art history painting; it ought to be called poetical, as in reality it is.

    Seven Discourses on Art Joshua Reynolds

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