||Art history has historically been
understood as the academic study of objects of art
in their historical development and stylistic
contexts, i.e. genre, design, format, and style.
This includes the "major" arts of painting,
sculpture, and architecture as well as the "minor"
arts of ceramics, furniture, and other decorative
digital age has made the pursuit of art
history, both as a vocation and an
avocation, much more exciting and
productive. Assuming you are not already
familiar with the painting shown here, you
should be able to determine the
artist, the time period, and the meaning of
the painting in less than ten minutes.