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AP Art History

Note: New materials are being added regularly. The College Board announced that the art history exam and course will change in 2015. Khan Academy is working to include each of 250 works of art covered on the new test. The test also assesses a student’s understanding of the methods used by art historians and familiarity with the cultural context in which a work of art was made and understood. Khan Academy’s art history content is designed to teach these skills and to make the art engaging and accessible (and it’s completely free!). Currently, more than 50% of the 250 monuments listed are included. We are working to cover the remaining content before the 2015/16 course begins. We will be adding quizzes at the end of each section to reinforce what you have learned and so that you can assess your understanding of the material.
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Global prehistory: 30,000-500 B.C.E.

Human expression existed across the globe before the written record. While prehistoric art of Europe has been the focus of many introductions to the history of art, very early art is found worldwide and shares certain features, particularly concern with the natural world and humans’ place within it. By permission, © 2013 The College Board

Ancient Mediterranean: 3500 B.C.E.-300 C.E.

Artistic traditions of the ancient Near East and dynastic Egypt focused on representing royal figures and divinities and on the function of funerary and palatial complexes within their cultural contexts. Works of art illustrate the active exchange of ideas and reception of artistic styles among the Mediterranean cultures and the subsequent influence on the classical world. By permission, © 2013 The College Board

Early Europe and Colonial Americas: 200-1750 C.E.

Later Europe and Americas: 1750-1980 C.E.

From the mid-1700s to 1980 C.E., Europe and the Americas experienced rapid change and innovation. Art existed in the context of dramatic events such as industrialization, urbanization, economic upheaval, migrations, and wars. Countries and governments were re-formed; women’s and civil rights’ movements catalyzed social change. Artists assumed new roles in society. Styles of art proliferated and often gave rise to artistic movements. Art and architecture exhibited a diversity of styles, forming an array of “isms.” Works of art took on new roles and functions in society and were experienced by audiences in new ways. Art of this era often proved challenging for audiences and patrons to immediately understand.

Africa: 1100-1980 C.E.

Human life, which is understood to have begun in Africa, developed over millions of years and radiated beyond the continent of Africa. The earliest African art dates to 77,000 years ago. While interpretation of this art is conjectural at best, the clarity and strength of design and expression in the work is obvious.

West and central Asia: 500 B.C.E.-1980 C.E.

The arts of West and Central Asia play a key role in the history of world art, giving form to the vast cultural interchanges that have occurred in these lands that link the European and Asian peoples.

South, East, and Southeast Asia: 300 B.C.E.-1980 C.E.

The arts of South, East, and Southeast Asia represent some of the world’s oldest, most diverse, and most sophisticated visual traditions.

Global contemporary: 1980-present

Global contemporary art is characterized by a transcendence of traditional conceptions of art and is supported by technological developments and global awareness. Digital technology in particular provides increased access to imagery and contextual information about diverse artists and artworks throughout history and across the globe.
West and central Asia: 500 B.C.E.-1980 C.E.
The arts of West and Central Asia play a key role in the history of world art, giving form to the vast cultural interchanges that have occurred in these lands that link the European and Asian peoples.
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West and central Asia: 500 B.C.E.-1980 C.E.

The arts of West and Central Asia play a key role in the history of world art, giving form to the vast cultural interchanges that have occurred in these lands that link the European and Asian peoples.