History of Art, Architecture, and Antiques - a people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots

last update: 20 Nov. 2019

My intention is to established several different sets of webpages covering key periods in the history of art, architecture and antiques, namely:-

Ancient Civilisations - Stone Age, Chalcolithic (Copper Age), Mesopotamia-Sumer, Mesopotamia-Assyria, Bronze Age, Aegean (Minoan, Mycenaean), Egypt, Bronze Age China, Pre-Columbian America
Classical Antiquity - Iron Age, Etruscans, Greece, Rome, Persian, Vedic India, Ancient China
Medieval Civilisations - Byzantine, Carolingian, Vikings, Early Middle Ages, High Middle Ages, Romanesque, Gothic, Late Middle Ages, Tamil Indian, Mid-Imperial China, Feudal Japan
The Renaissance and more … - Early Renaissance, Tudor, High Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, French Renaissance, Late-Imperial China, Aztec, Inca, Maya
Neoclassical and beyond - Georgian, Régence, Rococo, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Directoire, Regency, Restoration, Academism, Biedermeier, Louis-Philippe, Second Empire, Victorian, Realism, Pre-Raphaelite
Modern Art Movements - Impressionism, Post Impressionism, Art Nouveau, Fauvism, Cubism, Modernism, Art Deco, Bauhaus, Dada, Surrealism, Pop Art
Post-Modern & Contemporary Movements - The-isms, Modern Architecture, Art in 3D Printing

Several of these topics were well developed on my old website, and all I need to do is find time to port and refresh them for this new website. Other webpages will have to wait…

I see art as meaning the
visual arts such as painting and sculpture, and including printmaking and photography. My focus is on the historical evolution of both the aesthetics of non-functional objects (so-called fine arts) and the decorative arts where aesthetics and functionality are combined. I am also attracted by how skills and creativity have evolved in the so-called applied arts in which design and functionality are paramount, e.g. ceramics, textiles, jewellery, glass, furniture, etc. Thus I’ve included antiques in these pages insofar as they echo or enhance my understanding of a particular period in art & architecture. My first love is architecture, both the actual buildings and the mix of art and science that goes into designing and building durable, useful and beautiful physical structures.

I do not really look at the
performing arts such as music, theatre, film, dance, nor so-called interactive media art.