Smarthistory at Khan Academy offers more than one thousand videos and articles on art from around the world and across time. We are working with more than one hundred 
art historians and some of the world's most important museums to make Khan Academy the best art history resource anywhere.
 Use the "subject" pulldown menu (go to "Humanities") at the top of this window or click on the headings below to access our content:

Art history basics   

  • First things first (you are here)     
  • The materials and techniques artists use
  • Art 1010

Prehistoric art

  •      Paleolithic art
  •      Neolithic art

Ancient art and civilizations

  •      Ancient Near East
  •      Egyptian art and culture
  •      Aegean
  •      Greek
  •      Nabatean
  •      Etruscan
  •      Roman
  •     Judaism in art
  •      Asia

Medieval Europe

  •      A beginner's guide
  •      Early Christian
  •      Byzantine (late Roman Empire)
  •      Latin (Western) Europe

Renaissance and Reformation

  •      Early Renaissance in Italy
  •      Northern Renaissance
  •      High Renaissance in Florence and Rome
  •      The Renaissance in Venice
  •      Mannerism
  •      The Protestant Reformation

Monarchy and Enlightenment

  • Baroque
  • Rococo
  • Neoclassicism
  • Britain and America in the Age of Revolution
  • Latin America/New Spain

Becoming modern

  • Introduction
  • Romanticism
  • Early photography
  • Victorian art and architecture
  • The birth of the avant-garde in France
  • Symbolism and Art Nouveau
  • America: Civil War to the Gilded Age
  • Painting in Mexico

Age of global conflict

  • A beginner's guide to 20th century art
  • Early abstraction: Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism and Futurism
  • World War I and Dada
  • Art between the wars: the avant-garde and the rise of totalitarianism
  • Figuration and abstraction in post-war Britain
  • Abstract Expressionism and the New York School
  • Architecture
  • Pop
  • ​Minimalism and Earthworks

Toward a global culture

  • Identity, the body and the subversion of modernism
  • Conceptual and Performance art
  • Global modernisms in the 21st Century

Arts of the Islamic world

  • A beginner's guide to the arts of the Islamic world
  • Early period
  • Medieval period
  • Late period

South and East Asia

  • Imperial China
  • South Asia
  • Southeast Asia
  • Korea and Japan

Africa, Oceania and the indigenous Americas

  • Africa
  • Oceania
  • South America
  • Mesoamerica and Central America
  • Native North America