Beginning with Mesopotamian art (c.4500 BCE onwards), it includes the sculpture and frescos of Classical Antiquity, notably those of Greek art and Roman art.
For the history of Asian art and culture, see Chinese Art Timeline (c.18,000 BCE - present).
At the same time, Italian Renaissance art receives in-depth coverage, as does 17th century Baroque art, and 18th century Neoclassical art.
In addition, we also look at the history of crafts, like jewellery and fine furniture.
Dating to the lower Paleolithic era of the Stone Age between 290,000 and 700,000 BCE, it includes the strange phenomenon of cupules, the Venuses of Berekhat Ram and Tan-Tan, and the Blombos Cave petroglyphs.
In addition, we feature Venus figurines (Venus of Hohle Fels, Venus of Willendorf), an extensive series of articles on cave art - including cave paintings at Chauvet, Lascaux and Altamira, ivory carvings like the Lion Man of Hohlenstein Stadel, We explore a range of Ancient art from a variety of civilizations.
We explain the meaning of styles like 'realism' and 'naturalism' in painting.
In addition, we profile important 20th-century groups like Die Brucke and Der Blaue Reiter, and examine the contribution of styles like Japonism and Biomorphic Abstraction, as well as modern movements like Art Informel, Colour-Field Painting, Op Art and Fluxus, and the latest contemporary art forms like Angel and Fantasy art.
Realists like Daumier and Courbet, and Symbolists like Gustave Moreau, are also covered.
For individual, group or self portraits, see: Best Portrait Artists.
For everyday scenes, see: Best Genre Painters.
We cover ALL important American artists such as Hopper, Rothko, De Kooning, Pollock, Warhol, Jasper Johns, and the Neo-Pop sculptor Jeff Koons, as well as Mexican Muralists like Diego Rivera, and South Americans like Fernando Botero, and 20th century European masters like Lucian Freud, Antoni Tapies, Yves Klein and Damien Hirst.
Our coverage of Prehistoric art features the oldest art from across the globe.We profile ALL the great 18th century masters of English figurative painting, like William Hogarth and Joshua Reynolds, as well as ALL the main members of the school of English landscape painting including JMW Turner, Constable and Richard Parkes Bonington.