Art History School videos are an introduction to the fascinating lives of some of the world’s greatest artists. They explore their motivations, their development, their tribulations, and their successes. We believe that by understanding where the artist came from helps to understand their work.
Art history is important because it is more than just looking at lots of paintings and sculptures in art galleries made by people who lived long ago. Art provides a means by which we can understand our human past and its relationship to our present.
Looking at artists and their art in context gives us insights into the society in which the artist lived. It also helps us comprehend how people were represented, how religion was seen and how the artwork itself was received when first displayed and how attitudes to it may have changed over time.